Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPPs) - Full list

A review plan for the PPGs is currently underway. The review will result in a replacement guidance series, Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPPs). It is aimed that the new series will provide environmental good practice guidance for the whole UK, and environmental regulatory guidance directly to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For businesses in England, regulatory guidance is available from GOV.UK instead.

All GPPs

PPG 1: Understanding your environmental responsibilities - good environmental practices
A basic introduction to pollution prevention, with signposts to other PPGs and publications. (July 2013)

NEW GPP 2: Above ground oil storage tanks
For above ground oil storage, excluding oil refineries and distribution depots. (January 2017)

PPG 3: Use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems
For identifying where an oil separator is required and, if so, what size and type of separator is appropriate. (April 2006)

PPG 4: Treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available
For selecting the correct sewage disposal, treatment and disposal options, and maintenance and legal requirements. (July 2006)

NEW GPP 5: Works and maintenance in or near water
For construction or maintenance works near, in, or over water. (January 2017)

PPG 6: Working at construction and demolition sites
For the construction and demolition industry. (2012)

PPG 7: Safe storage - The safe operation of refuelling facilities
For operators of liquid fuel refuelling facilities; it applies to all types of fixed refuelling facilities. (July 2011)
In Scotland, see also SEPA: 'Underground storage tanks for liquid hydrocarbons: code of practice for the owners and operators of underground storage tanks (and pipelines)'

PPG 8: Safe storage and disposal of used oils
For storing and disposing of used oils. Applies to activities ranging from a single engine oil change to those of large industrial users. (February 2004)

PPG 9: Prevention of Pollution by Pesticides (February 2000) withdrawn. Consult instead:
- in Northern Ireland, the NIEA Code of Practice for using Plant Protection Products
- in Scotland, the Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products in Scotland

PPG 10: Highway depots (this guidance was withdrawn)
For highway maintenance depot activities including road de-icing, fuel storage, site drainage and waste management. (March 1999)

PPG 12 (Sheep dipping) has been withdrawn. For guidance on preventing pollution from sheep dipping, consult:
- in Northern Ireland, Section 7 (Sheep dip) of the DAERA: Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Prevention of Pollution of Water
- in Scotland, the SEPA Sheep Dipping Code of Practice for Scottish Farmers, Crofters and Contractors

PPG 13: Vehicle washing and cleaning
For washing and cleaning any vehicle using automatic wash systems, high pressure or steam cleaners and washing by hand. (July 2007)

PPG 14: Marinas and crafts (this guidance was withdrawn)
For using waterways, estuaries and coastal waters, particularly users/owners of powered boats and boating facilities. (March 2004) For guidance on reducing pollution and the environmental impacts from marinas and craft: The Green Blue Toolkit

PPG 17: Dairies and other milk handling operations (this guidance was withdrawn
For designing and operating dairies and other milk and milk product handling operations. (March 2001),  
For guidance on preventing pollution from dairies and other milk handling operations, please see our guidance on waste management and what causes water pollution.

PPG 18: Managing fire water and major spillages
For identifying equipment and techniques available to prevent damage to the water environment caused by fires and major spillages. (June 2000)

PPG 19: Garages and vehicle service centres (this guidance was withdrawn)
For work in garages and vehicle service centres. (June 2002)

PPG 20: Dewatering underground ducts and chambers
For dewatering underground ducts and inspection chambers. (March 2001)

PPG 21: Pollution incident response planning
For producing emergency pollution incident response plans to deal with accidents, spillages and fires. (March 2009)

PPG 22: Incident response - dealing with spills
For incident response - dealing with spills. (April 2011)

PPG 23 Maintenance of structures replaced by PPG 5, Works and maintenance in or near water.

NEW PPG 24: Stables, kennels, catteries 
For managing and operating stables, kennels and catteries. January 2017

PPG 25 Hospitals and health care establishments (this guidance was withdrawn)
For managing and maintaining hospitals and healthcare establishments. (June 2002)

PPG 26 Safe storage - drums and intermediate bulk containers
For site operators of industrial and commercial premises storing and handling drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) containing oil, chemicals or potentially polluting substances. (March 2011)

PPG 27 Installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanks
For installing, removing and decommissioning all underground storage tanks (USTs), including those containing petroleum, diesel, fuel oil, aviation fuel, waste oil, domestic heating oil and other potentially polluting materials such as organic solvents. (April 2002)

PPG 28 Controlled burn
For using controlled burns as part of a fire fighting strategy to prevent or reduce damage to the environment. (July 2007)

Additional resources

       

A basic introduction to pollution prevention, with signposts to other PPGs and publications. This PPG explains your environmental responsibilities and where to find the information you need to put the basics into action.

PPG 1: Understanding your environmental responsibilities - good environmental practices (July 2013)

The document provides information on above ground oil storage, excluding oil refineries and distribution depots.The guidance covers:

  • installation of new or replacement tanks
  • compliance with legal requirements for existing tanks
  • current good practice

GPP 2: Above ground oil storage tanks (January 2017)

For identifying where an oil separator is required and, if so, what size and type of separator is appropriate.

PPG 3: Use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems (April 2006)

This guidance will help you to choose the correct option for your circumstances by telling you about:

  • the sewage treatment and disposal methods available
  • the maintenance requirements of the system you choose
  • the basic legal requirements.

PPG 4: Treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available (July 2006)

For construction or maintenance works near, in, or over water.

GPP 5: Works and maintenance in or near water (January 2017)

For storing and disposing of used oils. Applies to activities ranging from a single engine oil change to those of large industrial users.

PPG 8: Safe storage and disposal of used oils (February 2004)

PPG 9: Prevention of Pollution by Pesticides (February 2000) withdrawn. Consult instead:
- in Northern Ireland, the NIEA Code of Practice for using Plant Protection Products
- in Scotland, the Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products in Scotland

For highway maintenance depot activities including road de-icing, fuel storage, site drainage and waste management.

PPG 10: Highway depots (March 1999) withdrawn

 

PPG 12 (Sheep dipping) has been withdrawn.

For guidance on preventing pollution from sheep dipping, consult:
- in Northern Ireland, Section 7 (Sheep dip) of the DAERA: Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Prevention of Pollution of Water
- in Scotland, the SEPA Sheep Dipping Code of Practice for Scottish Farmers, Crofters and Contractors

For washing and cleaning any vehicle using automatic wash systems, high pressure or steam cleaners and washing by hand.

PPG 13: Vehicle washing and cleaning (July 2007)

PPG 14: Marinas and crafts (withdrawn)
For using waterways, estuaries and coastal waters, particularly users/owners of powered boats and boating facilities. (March 2004) For guidance on reducing pollution and the environmental impacts from marinas and craft:

The Green Blue Toolkit

The Green Blue’s Marine Toolkit is a suite of resources designed to help managers of recreational boating businesses and leaders of boat clubs abide by environmental regulations and make more of their facilities by reducing waste and increasing efficiency.

PPG 17 Dairies and other milk handling operations , March 2001, for designing and operating dairies and other milk and milk product handling operations. Has been withdrawn.

For guidance on preventing pollution from dairies and other milk handling operations, please see our guidance on waste management and what causes water pollution.

For identifying equipment and techniques available to prevent damage to the water environment caused by fires and major spillages.

PPG 18: Managing fire water and major spillages (June 2000)

 

PPG 19: Garages and vehicle service centres (withdrawn)
For work in garages and vehicle service centres. (June 2002)

For dewatering underground ducts and inspection chambers.

PPG 20: Dewatering underground ducts and chambers (March 2001)

For producing emergency pollution incident response plans to deal with accidents, spillages and fires.

PPG 21: Pollution incident response planning (March 2009)

PPG 23 Maintenance of structures replaced by PPG 5, Works and maintenance in or near water.

GPP 24: Stables, kennels, catteries 
For managing and operating stables, kennels and catteries. January 2017

PPG 25 Hospitals and health care establishments (withdrawn)
For managing and maintaining hospitals and healthcare establishments. (June 2002)

For site operators of industrial and commercial premises storing and handling drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) containing oil, chemicals or potentially polluting substances.

PPG 26 Safe storage - drums and intermediate bulk containers (March 2011)

For installing, removing and decommissioning all underground storage tanks (USTs), including those containing petroleum, diesel, fuel oil, aviation fuel, waste oil, domestic heating oil and other potentially polluting materials such as organic solvents.

PPG 27 Installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanks (April 2002)

For using controlled burns as part of a fire fighting strategy to prevent or reduce damage to the environment.

PPG 28 Controlled burn (July 2007)

 

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