Regulatory Inspection

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Installations and storage of chemical products (APQ)

The activities for the storage and handling of chemical products (APQ) have grown substantially in parallel with the chemical and petrochemical industries. On the other hand, they have also extended into commercial and service premises. The security of such activities must be guaranteed by means of the regulatory inspections which are put in place by the legislation governing them.

One of the main aims of the specific technical requisites which must be met by APQ facilities is that to ensure the prevention of leaks or discharges, and to provide security systems which are able to detect any which may arise.

 

Chemical Product Storages is legislated by the following:

 

  • Royal Decree No. 379/2001 of 6 April which passed the Regulations on the Storage of Chemical Products and the Complementary Technical Instructions, from the ITC-MIE-APQ-1 to the ITC-MIE-APQ-7
  • Royal Decree No. 2016/2004 of 11 October which passed the MIE APQ-8 Complementary Technical Instruction on the «Storage of fertilisers based on ammonium nitrate with a high nitrogen content».
  • Royal Decree No. 105/2010 of 5 February which modified certain aspects of the regulation of storage of products and approved the MIE-APQ-9 Complementary Technical Instruction «Storage of Organic Peroxides».

 

Eurocontrol runs the following official regulatory inspections at the frequencies set out:

 

Storage of Inflammable Liquids and Fuels: ITC-MIE-APQ01

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  3. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Ethylene Oxide: ITC-MIE-APQ02

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  3. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Chlorine: ITC-MIE-APQ03

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 2 and 5 years
  3. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Anhydrous Ammonia: ITC-MIE-APQ04

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 and 10 years

 

Storage of Bottles and Cylinders: ITC-MIE-APQ05

  1. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  2. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Corrosive Liquids: ITC-MIE-APQ06

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  3. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Toxic Liquids: ITC-MIE-APQ07

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  3. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Fertilisers: ITC-MIE-APQ08

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  3. Annual Revision

 

Storage of Organic Peroxides: ITC-MIE-APQ09

  1. Initial inspection
  2. Periodic inspection every 5 years
  3. Annual Revision
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