Mercury Regulations 2018 - Deadline for reporting is 31st May 2019

BEIS have recently revised the guidance document for the Offshore Industry on EU Regulation 852/2017 banning the import into the EU and the export from the EU of mercury, mercury compounds, mixtures of mercury and mercury added products and the requirements for the usage and storage of mercury, mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury.

 On the 2nd of May, BEIS wrote to all operators to draw their attention to the above guidance document and to request that they take action where applicable.

 One of the regulatory requirements under EU Regulation 852/2017 requires operators, by 31 May each year, to provide a report with the following information;

- Total amount of mercury waste stored;

- Total amount of mercury waste sent to individual facilities undertaking the temporary storage, the conversion, or the permanent storage of mercury waste (including location and contact details of the facility);

- The total quantity, in kilograms, of any mercury that is sent to individual storage / disposal facilities from each individual installation, during the previous calendar year (including the location and contact details of these facilities); and,

- A copy of the certificate/s provided by the operator of each facility undertaking the temporary storage, the conversion, or the permanent storage of mercury waste.

The recently revised guidance document, which includes the reporting form (Appendix A) and e-mail address to which the reporting form should be sent, can be viewed here.

BEIS has stated that if no report is provided by 31 May they will assume a zero return as no mercury waste has been stored or sent for storage or conversion from your offshore installation(s). Please note that failure to provide information where mercury waste has been stored or sent for storage or conversion may be considered an offence.

A word copy of the reporting form Appendix A attached to the email sent out by BEIS is available here (direct download).

Source: BEIS.