Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your fabricated metal product business may use galvanising baths to coat your metal products with a layer of zinc.
Zinc reacts with the metal, usually steel, in the galvanising bath to form a series of iron-zinc alloy layers. This produces a thick coating that makes your metal resistant to corrosion, impact and abrasion.
If you have a permit, licence or registered exemption you must comply with its conditions. Your permit may contain conditions which control the quantity and concentration of your air emissions.
You may need to reduce your emissions to meet the limits in your permit. You can be fined or even sent to prison if you do not comply with conditions.
Your galvanising operations could produce a number of different waste materials, including:
You must comply with your duty of care responsibilities when you deal with your waste.
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 further information, see our guidance on discharges to water and sewer.
Prevent dust and fumes
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.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
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