Permit for handling of dangerous chemicals
- Legal bases
- Requirements for the applicant
- Cross-border operation
- Filling in and submitting the application
- Payment of the state fee
- Processing the application
- Alterations to terms and conditions of activity licenc
- Revocation of the activity licence
- Contact details
Chemicals may be handled in dangerous enterprises and enterprises liable to be affected by a major accident only on the basis of an activity licence.
Dangerous chemicals are chemicals that due to their intrinsic properties may cause damage to health, the environment or property.
The activity licence is without a term and issued by the Technical Regulatory Authority.
The handling of dangerous chemicals is governed by:
- the Chemicals Act;
- the requirements for storage facilities, places of loading, unloading and transhipment of chemicals, and for other structures necessary for the handling of chemicals at a harbour, road transport terminal, railway station or airport, and special requirements for handling ammonium nitrate;
- the minimum danger level of chemicals, the threshold quantities of dangerous chemicals, the categories of danger of enterprises liable to be affected by a major accident, and the procedure for the identification of dangerous enterprises;
- the requirements for the mandatory documentation of dangerous enterprises and enterprises liable to be affected by a major accident, and the preparation of such documentation; requirements for the information to be communicated to the public and for the process of informing about an accident.
Requirements for the applicant
An enterprise must determine its category of danger (A/B) and have the Technical Regulatory Authority approve the following documents pursuant thereto:
- a data sheet (dangerous enterprise and category B and A enterprise liable to be affected by major accident);
- a risk analysis (dangerous enterprise and category B and A enterprise liable to be affected by major accident);
- a description of the safety management system (category B enterprises liable to be affected by major accident);
- a safety report (category A enterprises liable to be affected by major accident).
In addition, an emergency plan must be coordinated with the local rescue centre (dangerous enterprise and category B and A enterprise liable to be affected by major accident).
Activity licences for the handling of chemicals are location-specific and activity licences issued abroad do not apply with regard to activities in Estonia.
Information about operations in other states that are contracting parties to the European Economic Area Agreement is available via the point of single contact of the respective country found on the EUGO network.
Filling in and submitting the application
To obtain an activity licence, an application must be submitted to the Technical Regulatory Authority. Applications must contain:
- the name and contact data of the applicant;
- the date of submission of the application and the signature of the applicant;
- if the enterprise belongs to the category A enterprises liable to be affected by major accident, a data sheet, risk analysis, safety report and emergency plan;
- if the enterprise belongs to the category B enterprises liable to be affected by major accident, a data sheet, risk analysis, description of the safety management system and emergency plan;
- if the enterprise is a dangerous enterprise, a risk analysis and emergency plan.
Applications can be submitted:
- via the public e-services module of the Technical Regulatory Authority (authentication via an ID card, Mobile-ID or your internet bank is required to use the service);
- to the e-mail address email@example.com as digitally signed documents;
- via mail to the Technical Regulatory Authority at Sõle 23 A, Tallinn 10614.
Payment of the state fee
A state fee of 320 euros is paid for the review of an application by an enterprise liable to be affected by a major accident.
A state fee of 64 euros is paid for the review of an application by a dangerous enterprise.
Upon payment of the state fee, the operation for which the state fee is paid is noted in the payment document, or a reference to the provision establishing the rate of state fees in the State Fees Act is provided.
The state fee must be paid to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance:
- SEB – acct. no EE 89 1010 2200 3479 6011;
- Swedbank – acct. no EE93 2200 2210 2377 8606;
- Danske Bank A/S Estonia Branch – acct. no EE 40 3300 3334 1611 0002;
- Nordea Bank Finland PLC Estonian Branch – acct. no EE 701 7000 1700 1577 198.
Use the reference number 2900082391 when executing the payment
Processing the application
Submitted applications are processed for 60 working days. In the case that the information in your application is incomplete, you will be contacted via e-mail or telephone within 30 days as from the submission of the application.
You will be notified of the issue of your activity licence by e-mail. Activity licences are issued on paper. Activity licences are without a term.
Alterations to terms and conditions of activity licenc
In the case that you wish to expand your operations, you must have a new data sheet as well as other required documents approved proceeding from the category of danger of the enterprise.
In the case that you wish to change the location of your operations, you must initiate the application process for a licence based on the new location.
In the case that you wish to terminate your activities in your chosen area of activity, you must notify the Technical Regulatory Authority thereof.
Revocation of the activity licence
Your activity licence will be revoked if you breach the terms and conditions of the activity licence or the legislation. The issuer of an activity licence may revoke the activity licence also if:
- the person has submitted false information;
- the person has repeatedly or substantively violated the safety requirements and thus caused a real risk of an accident;
- the activities of the person in the enterprise no longer correspond to the activities described in the documents serving as the basis for issuing an activity licence and the hazards have clearly increased as a result of such activities and the person has failed to inform about the changed activities within the prescribed time limit and in accordance with the prescribed procedure;
- by exercising the activities authorised by the activity licence, the person has caused serious harm to the overriding public interests or a hazard that did not exist or was unknown at the time of granting the activity licence, and which outweighs the interest of the person in continuing the operations and cannot be eliminated by amending the activity licence.
State supervision in the area of the handling of dangerous chemicals is exercised by the Technical Regulatory Authority and the Rescue Board.
Sirje Arus, Technical Regulatory Authority, tel: +372 667 2171, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Siiri Kivioja, Technical Regulatory Authority, tel: +372 667 2172, e-mail: email@example.com
Registry information and technical questions
Register of Economic Activities, tel: +372 668 7080, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org