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Hazardous materials inventory requirements

Published:  30 April, 2015

lucion_environmental.jpgOwners and operators contemplating the dismantling of offshore platforms may not be fully aware of their legal responsibilities in relation to the presence of hazardous materials, an industry specialist has warned. Asbestos risk management specialists Lucion Environmental says it is taking steps to remind the oil and gas sector that under the terms of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation 2013, offshore platforms and rigs are formally required to hold an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).

The move follows the IMO’s adoption of the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of all ships. However, under the definitions included in the regulations, a ‘ship’ means a vessel of any type whatsoever operating or having operated in the marine environment. As a result, the requirement for an IHM includes submersibles, floating craft, floating platforms, self-elevating platforms, Floating Storage Units (FSUs), and Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (FPSOs).

The IHM should summarise the presence of all on-board hazardous materials including explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons, toxins and radioactive materials.

Lucion Environmental 

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