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Air quality – Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have harmful effects on our health and the environment. 

What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have harmful effects on human health and the environment.

Sources of VOCs include vehicle emissions, fuel combustion and domestic solvent usage. Other major sources of VOCs include business activities using organic solvents.

What regulations are in place governing VOC emissions from business activities?

There are two sets of regulations in place to control VOC emissions from businesses as follows:

  1. European Union (Installations and Activities using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012 (SI 565 of 2012). These have replaced the Emmission of Volatile Organic Compounds from  Organic Solvents Regulations 2002 (SI543 of 2002). These are known as the "Solvents Regulations".
  2. European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012 (SI 564 of 2012). These have replaced the Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds due to the use of Organic Solvents in certain Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2007 (SI 199 of 2007).These are known as the "Decorative Paints Regulations".

Who do the Solvents Regulations and the Decorative Paint Regulations apply to?

  • Solvents Regulations - These oversee the emission of solvent emissions from 20 specified activities which include dry cleaners and other companies that use solvents in their manufacturing or cleaning processes.
  • Decorative Paints Regulations - These regulations apply to businesses that carry out vehicle refinishing as part of their operation.

How do I register as a compliant facility?

If your business is affected by the above regulations you are legally required to register with Clare County Council. To register the following steps (1-4) are required to be undertaken by the individual facility:

Step 1: A site inspection by an approved assessor

  • The details of the panel of Approved Assessors are as follows:
  • EnviroGuide Consulting – Phone: (01) 2711896 – Web: www.enviroguide.ie
  • The cost of the inspection and the Approved Assessor (AA) inspection report are to be paid for by the individual business. Clare County Council has no input in this inspection process.
  • The AA report will report on minor and major non compliances with the solvents regulations / decorative paint regulations.
  • The cost of the inspection and the Approved Assessor (AA) inspection report are to be paid for by the individual business. Clare County Council has no input in this inspection process.
  • The AA report will report on minor and major non compliances with the solvents regulations / decorative paint regulations.

Step 2: Submit the following to the Environment Section, Clare County Council:

  1. Approved Assessor (AA) inspection report
  2. Completed and signed registration form
  3. Registration fee
    • The registration fee for a new /initial application for a Certificate of Compliance is €70.00
    • The registration fee for the renewal of an expired Certificate of Compliance is €70.00
    • The registration fee for the renewal of a Certificate of Compliance prior to its expiry date is €50.00

Step 3: Obtain a Certificate of Compliance

Where Clare County Council is satisfied with the Approved Assessor (AA) inspection report a Certificate of Compliance is issued by Clare County Council.

If Clare County Council is not satisfied with the AIC inspection report the business will be notified of its refusal to issue a certificate of compliance and an enforcement notice will be issued.

Step 4: Renewal of the Certificate of Compliance

Repeat Step 1 to Step 3. Application for the renewal of the Certificate of Compliance should be made 28 days prior to the expiry date of the Certificate of Compliance.

Register of compliant facilities under European Union (Installations and Activities Using Organic Solvents) Regulations (S.I. No 565 if 2012)

Register Number Company Name Address Expiry Date
001/2016/VOC/CE House Maintenance Services Unit 8B,
Westgate Business Park,
Kilrush Rd,
Ennis
31/10/2018
002/2016/VOC/CE Heaney's Dry Cleaners Main Street,
Killaloe
31/10/2018
003/2016/VOC/CE T & J Dry Cleaners Unit 4 Cornmarket Street,
Ennis
31/10/2019
004/2016/VOC/CE Kath Cleaners Circular Rd,
Ennistymon
31/10/2019
005/2016/VOC/CE West Clare Dry Cleaners The Square, 
Kilrush
31/10/2019
006/2016/VOC/CE Fergus Dry Cleaners Parnell St Car Park,
Ennis
31/10/2019
001/2018/VOC/CE TRM Drycleaners Ltd,
T/A Lifford Laundry & Dry Cleaners
Unit 7,
Gort Rd Industrial Estate,
Ennis
13/02/2021
002/2018/VOC/CE Drumgeely Laundrette &
Dry Cleaning Ltd
Cedar Hse,
Drumgeely,
Shannon
11/07/2020
003/2018/VOC/CE Rainbow Cleaning Services Unit 8B,
Westgate Business Park,
Kilrush Rd,
Ennis
31/10/2021

Register of compliant facilities under European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 564 of 2012)

Register Number Company Name Contact Address Telephone Expiry
003/2016/Deco/CE Declan Lillis Crash Repair Declan Lillis Alva,
Cree,
Kilrush
(086) 8706251 08/04/2019
004/2016/Deco/CE Shannons Garage Gerard Shannon Crown,
Lissycasey
Ennis
(087) 2726185 01/03/2019
001/2017/Deco/CE Brendan Treacy Crash Repair Brendan Treacy Castlebank,
Ardnacrusha.
(086) 24233766 01/03/2020
002/2017/Deco/CE The Body Shop Bertie O'Doherty Lissane,
Clarecastle.
(086) 1007258 01/03/2020
003/2017/Deco/CE Autobody Repairs Adrian & Cathy Howard Unit 2&3,
Clare Marts
Quin Road
Ennis
(065) 6867765 01/03/2020
004/2017/Deco/CE Elevation Crash Repairs Grzegrz Rys Elevation Business Park
Clonroad
Ennis
(087) 0610355 01/03/2020
005/2017/Deco/CE Prestige Motors Liam Hickey Unit 1J,
Doora Industrial Estate
Quin Rd
Ennis
(065) 6844077 01/03/2020
006/2017/Deco/CE Perfect Accident Repair Centre
(T/A PARC)
Colin Ryan Unit 5&6, Block F,
Quin Rd Business Park,
Quin Rd,
Ennis.
(065)6868444 01/09/2020
007/2017/Deco/CE Marek Neuman, T/A Marek Neuman Marek Neuman Magowna,
Inch,
Ennis
(087) 9498984 24/10/2020
001/2018/Deco/CE BC Bodyworks Greg Clune & 
Oisin Brooks
Kilrush Road,
Ennis
(085) 8316671 28/11/2020
002/2018/Deco/CE Smart Cars Vigantas Blazarenas & 
Richardo Kiseltasuskas
Clonlohan,
Newmarket on Fergus,
 
(086) 2599484 15/05/2020
003/2018/Deco/CE Linnane's Garage Tommy Linnane Moyasta,
Kilrush
(065) 9052159 01/03/2018
004/2018/Deco/CE Patrick Gorey Patrick Gorey Firhill,
Larkins Cross,
Parteen
(061) 345665 27/07/2020

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Page last reviewed: 27/09/18

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