FM200 & Halon Handling - You & The Law?

FM200 & Halon Handling - You & The Law?

April 10, 2017

 

 

 

If you work on, own or are responsible for a Fire Suppression System this will be of critical importance to you. This relates specifically to storing waste, returned or recovered Fire Suppression Gases in the Rep of Ireland.

 

 

Please note: There are absolutely no exemptions to the following:

 

Halon – FM200 – FE36 – FE13 & Refrigerant Gases, these are all either Halons or Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases and require Licenses/Certificates/Authorisations for Recovery/Transport/Storage and Shipping.

If taking any of the above for Waste or Service Exchange the restrictions apply – TO EVERYONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Law

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) state:

 

“The collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered ozone depleting substances (refrigerant gases and halons) is controlled, to ensure environmental protection and compliance with waste law (the same requirements apply also to the collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered fluorinated greenhouse gases)"

 

A position paper on this subject has been published by the EPA and should be consulted by all operators handling such waste gases. Follow this link to get more information from the EPA 

 

Requirements

 

The collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered ozone depleting substances can only be carried out by an entity that meets one of the following requirements:-

 

  • Has made a Prior Annual Notification to the Environmental Protection Agency, and where that Prior Annual Notification has been acknowledged by the Agency or

  • Holds a valid Waste Collection Permit for the area(s) in which collections are taking place and for the waste types that cover ozone depleting substances (relevant EWC codes may include: 140601*, 160504*, among others).

 

“Waste, returned or recovered refrigerant gases, halons and fluorinated greenhouse gases must be brought to an authorised facility i.e. a facility that has either a licence from the Environmental Protection Agency, or a Waste Facility Permit or Certificate of Registration from the relevant local authority”

 

Please see the link below for further confirmation from the EPA website:    http://www.epa.ie/air/airenforcement/ozone/wasteodspriorannualnotifications/

 

Prosecutions

 

Prosecution is an important part of environmental law enforcement. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages individuals and businesses to integrate good environmental practices into normal working methods and seeks to prevent environmental pollution before it has a chance to occur.  Where pollution does occur the EPA aims to seek redress for environmental pollution and avoid a recurrence.  Where the circumstances warrant it, immediate prosecution will be pursued.

 

http://www.epa.ie/pubs/advice/air/ods/wasterefrigerants-epaposition.html#.VFYPMTPA7IU

 

 

Cradle to grave solution

 

In order to provide a complete solution a company must have achieved a range of licenses and Certificates from Government, Local Government and EU Monitoring/Controlling Bodies.

 

Having foreseen the impending controls and restrictions KSS have taken the necessary measure to ensure that we can offer a fully compliant service for the

collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered ozone depleting substances (refrigerant gases and halons) that are controlled, to ensure environmental protection and compliance with waste law.

Over the past 2 years we have contracted relevant consultantans and invested heavily to achieve a cradle to grave service.

 

Authorised facility:

KSS Fire Suppression

78A Cookstown Industrial Estate,

Tallaght,

Dublin 24

 

In addition to the transport/recovery element we have also been granted a “Certificate of Registration” by South Dublin County Council:

Certificate No:   COR-DS-14-0002-01

 

This certification allows for the following activity:

 

“Operate a Facility for the reception and temporary storage of waste, returned or recovered refrigerant gases in refrigerant containers, halons in halon containers and fluorinated greenhouse gases in fluorinated greenhouse gas containers”

 

Registered to Transport Waste Gases

 

We are listed under the Prior Annual Notification Scheme – PAN with the EPA for the transport of these gases.

 

 

Registered to Ship Internationally (Cross Border)

 

We have successfully registered with the National Trans Frontier Office (TFS) as an “Authorised Broker/Dealer” in accordance with Waste Management (Registration of Brokers and Dealers) Regulations 2008 S.I. No.113 of 2008.

 

Certificate No: IRE/AO38/16

 

Ensure you operate within the Law.

If you have any Halons, FE’s or Refrigerant Gases we can provide a fully Licensed/Certified solution.

 

Dedicated to Compliancy

KSS Fire Suppression is now the only Fire Suppression Company that is fully certified to carry out FM200, Fe 36, Fe 13 Service Exchange directly in accordance with the control guidelines set out by the EPA and National TFS in the Rep of Ireland.

If you have a requirement please do not hesitate to contact us, we offer a fully compliant, time effective and cost efficient way to negotiate the movement of your gas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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