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As part of our commitment to continually improve our service and to help our clients meet their legal obligations, we continue to update the Legal Registers on our website and provide free quarterly legal compliance updates to anyone who subscribes. The purpose of these updates is to ensure you stay up to date with any changes in your legal compliance obligations, our updates can also be kept and can be used as evidence that your business is staying up to date with any changes in the legislation, this can be very helpful at audit time.
The Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990 are a set of UK regulations that aim to ensure the safe handling, storage, and transport of hazardous substances. These regulations require any business that stores or handles hazardous substances above certain quantities to notify the local authority and mark the site with warning signs. The regulations also set out specific requirements for the design and construction of storage facilities, emergency plans, and training for employees. The regulations apply to a wide range of businesses, including those in the manufacturing, chemical, and transport sectors. The purpose of these regulations is to protect public safety and the environment from the risks posed by hazardous substances.
Under The Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990, businesses that store or handle hazardous substances are required to provide evidence to the local authority of their compliance with the regulations. The evidence must demonstrate that the business has properly notified the local authority of the presence of hazardous substances, marked the site with appropriate warning signs, and taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with the substances. The evidence may include documentation such as risk assessments, emergency plans, training records, and inspection reports. The local authority may also conduct its own inspections to ensure compliance. It is important for businesses to maintain up-to-date and accurate records of their compliance with the regulations and to be able to provide evidence upon request. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, imprisonment, or other legal consequences.
There are several exemptions to The Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990. These exemptions are based on the type and quantity of hazardous substances present on the site, as well as the activity being carried out.
Some of the exemptions include:
1. Domestic premises: Private homes where hazardous substances are only used for domestic purposes are exempt.
2. Small quantities: Sites that store or use hazardous substances below certain quantities may be exempt, such as those storing less than 50 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas.
3. Transport exemptions: Dangerous substances being transported by road, rail, or inland waterway are exempt as they are already covered by transport regulations.
4. Defence and emergency services: The storage and use of hazardous substances by defence or emergency services are exempt.
It is important to note that even if a site is exempt from the notification and marking requirements, it is still required to comply with other regulations that apply to the handling, storage, and transport of hazardous substances.
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