Friday, March 18, 2011

Dubai Municipality issues new conditions on storage of hazardous goods

18 March 2011, The Gulf Today

Dubai Municipality (DM) has issued a new set of environmental requirements to store and handle dangerous goods inside industrial establishments, factory units, companies and warehouses registered in the Emirate.
The recent updation in the environmental conditions for the storage of hazardous items and chemicals comes as part of the local order No.6 of 1991 on “Systems to protect the environment in the Emirate of Dubai” and “ Practice Guide on the Management of Dangerous Goods in the Emirate of Dubai” and technical guidance related to the subject of the storage and handling of dangerous goods issued by the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality, said a top civic official.
Abdul Salam Mohammed Saleh, head of Environment Monitoring Section of the Environment Department at the DM, added that manufacturing or industrial establishments and their storage facilities should comply with the requirements contained in the legislation issued in respect of the storage of dangerous goods and chemicals, and the technical guidance issued by the DM’s environment department.
“All companies, facilities or warehouses that store dangerous goods or chemicals in quantities listed in the practice guide are required to obtain the permit for storage of dangerous goods issued by the environmental monitoring section at the DM,” indicated Saleh.
He noted that the number of permits for storage of dangerous goods in the Emirate has increased more than 300 per cent with 73 permits in 2010, compared to 17 permits issued in 2009.
“Non-compliance of the criteria by the establishments will invite strict legal action, including imposition of fines and disconnection of services. The reluctance to adhere to the conditions could also mean closure of such establishments, facilities and warehouses,” warned Salesh.