Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This guidance is relevant if your business applies non-metallic coatings to metal surfaces, such as paint, powder coat and industrial coatings.
You can apply coatings in a number of ways including spraying, dipping and brushing. After you apply the coating you can cure, bake or stove your material.
If you have a permit, licence or registered exemption you must comply with its conditions. Your permit may contain conditions controlling your noise, odour or other air emissions. You can be fined or even sent to prison if you do not comply with conditions.
You must also comply with controls on solvent emissions. For further information, see our guidance on solvent emissions.
Your non-metallic coating activities can cause significant noise and odour emissions.
If your process creates levels of noise or odour that could cause a nuisance or harm the health of the surrounding community, your local council can issue an abatement notice that:
Anyone who is affected by the nuisance, such as your neighbours, can apply to the court in Northern Ireland or sheriff in Scotland to issue you with an abatement notice.
You can be fined if you do not comply with an abatement notice, and the local council can take steps to stop the nuisance itself and charge you for its costs.
You must comply with your duty of care responsibilities when you manage your waste.
You may need to deal with some of your waste produced by painting and non-metallic coating processes as hazardous/special waste, including:
For further information, see our guidance on hazardous/special waste
If your equipment uses radioactive sources you must have a certificate of registration or be covered by an exemption order. For example, some spray systems use a radioactive source to eliminate static. For further information, see our guidance on radioactive materials
Do not discharge anything to public sewers, surface waters or ground waters without consulting your regulator. You may need a discharge consent or other authorisation. For more information, see our guidance on discharges to water and sewer
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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