This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of environmental legislation relating to solvent emissions. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.
If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.
For more information about EMS, see our guide on environmental management systems (EMS) - the basics.
- Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012 SI 1715. Sets maximum levels of organic solvents that can be contained in paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products (such as cleaners, primers and fillers). In determining compliance with the VOC content limit values, the analytical methods set out in Schedule 3 to these Regulations apply. Find the Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012 on the Legislation.gov.uk website.
- Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2003/46. Establishes a pollution control regime for certain installations or mobile plants. Sets out a permitting regime based on Best Available Techniques for regulating installations and activities. Find the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 on the Legislation.gov.uk website.
- Solvent Emissions Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2004/36. Aim to prevent or reduce as far as possible the effects of volatile organic compound emissions from organic solvent use. Find the Solvent Emissions Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 on the Legislation.gov.uk website.
- Solvent Emissions (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2010/165. Updates 2004/36 and 2003/46, changing terminology relating to classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures. Find the Solvent Emissions (Amendment) Northern Ireland Regulations 2010 on the Legislation.gov.uk website.