|Maguire, Sonya (2004) A study into the implementation of S. I. no. 543 of 2002, "Emissions of volatile organic compounds from the organic solvents regulations, 2002" at local authority level. M. Sc., Institute of Technology, Sligo.
|The vehicle coating and refinishing sector are facing increased regulatory and environmental
pressures. This is a relatively novel experience for proprietors o f workshops, who because o f
their subdued existence and diminutive workforce have been overlooked in the past. However,
the introduction o f the Council Directive 1999/13/EC on the Limitation o f Emissions o f
Volatile Organic Compounds due to the use o f Organic Solvents in Certain Activities and
Installations which was transposed into Irish legislation under the Emissions o f Volatile
Organic Compounds from Organic Solvents Regulations 2002 (S.I. N o .543 2002), implied the
requirement for significant change in the vehicle coating and refinishing sector. The
introduction o f this Regulation meant that for the first time, small sized workshops would be
regulated and would have to reduce their VOC emissions to a specified limit.
For proprietors o f small sized spray paint facilities, this is the foremost experience they have
had to interpret and comply with a major item o f legislation in Ireland. Therefore the manner
in which this Regulation is approached, delivered and enforced by regulatory bodies, is
essential to the success o f its implementation.
The purpose o f this thesis was to examine the current information available, which is relevant
to the introduction o f this Regulation and will determine if it is appropriate to the target
audience who compile o f proprietors o f workshops and local authority employees who will be
partially responsible for the compliance with this Regulation. This dissertation established that
there was a significant lack o f understanding o f the main requirements o f this Regulation
within the target audience and there was a great need for the provision o f a more
comprehensive training document, which would inform the target audience o f these
requirements. These training documents would be compiled as a result o f the findings o f this
|Local government -- Ireland.
|Law enforcement -- Ireland.
|Volatile organic compounds.
|Automobile industry and trade.
|Spray painting -- Standards.
|A study into the implementation of S. I. no. 543 of 2002, "Emissions of volatile organic compounds from the organic solvents regulations, 2002" at local authority level
|Master Thesis (taught)
|Institute of Technology, Sligo.
|Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
|Dept of Environmental Science, ITS