Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your fabricated metal product business may use jigging equipment for metal plating.
You may use alkaline agents such as hydrogen peroxide to strip items, followed by acid stripping agents such as nitric acid.
Check with your environmental regulator to see if you need a permit, licence or registered exemption for your operations. For example, if you remove lead chromate paints from jigs by burning or use a furnace to remove paint residues, you may need a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit, waste management licence or registered exemption.
If you have a permit, licence or registered exemption you must comply with its conditions. Your permit may contain conditions controlling your noise, vibration, odour, dust and smoke emissions. You can be fined or even sent to prison if you do not comply with conditions.
If your process creates levels of noise, dust, grit, fumes or smoke 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, such as spent jigging wire.
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).
Read more on the DAERA website
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