18 May 2021. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, held a meeting on Standard UNE 192012-0, the benchmark for regulatory inspection of chemical product storage, presenting this new strategic tool.
At the event, renowned experts in the sector underscored the relevant role of this standard in assisting inspectors, control bodies and companies comply with the legal inspection requirements in the Chemical Storage Regulations (APQ) and their Complementary Technical Instructions (ITC).
Technical standards are strategic allies to Administration agencies in the effective deployment of public policies and in the development of laws, and they facilitate compliance by companies. In fact, over 9,250 UNE standards are cited in national laws.
The UNE 192012-0 Standard, recently published by the Spanish agency for standardization, sets the general requirements with respect to the procedures for conducting regulatory inspections of chemical storage and the specific requirements for storage without ITC.
UNE 192012-0 is the first part of a series of standards that will constitute the reference framework for carrying out regulatory inspections of chemical storage, in accordance with the APQ regulations in Spain. It has been developed in UNE's CTN 192/SC 12, whose secretariat is BEQUINOR, with the participation and consensus of all parties involved (Public Administrations, inspection and control entities and industry specialists).
Currently, CTN 192/SC12 is already working on the second part of the series for regulatory inspections of the storage of hazardous chemicals in mobile containers, ITC MIE APQ-10.
Taking part in the event were Rosa Sánchez, Director of BECINOR; Alberto Bernárdez, Chairman of FEDAOC; Miguel Angel Ruiz, Industrial Director of TÜV Austria Iberia; José Luis García, Field Operations Manager Euskadi at TÜV Nord Cualicontrol; Marceliano Herrero, technical expert at BEQUINOR; and Paloma García, Director of Standardization Programmes and Stakeholders at UNE.
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