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News digest for engineers for November-December 2019

Fire safety standards come into force on January 1, 2020

According to the order of SE "UkrNDNC" №405 from 05.12.2019 from 01.01.2020 the following standards come into force:

DSTU EN 54-3: 2019 (EN 54-3: 2014, IDT) Fire alarm systems. Part 3. Sound fire detectors - For the first time.

DSTU EN 54-3: 2019 (EN 54-3: 2014 + A1: 2019, IDT) Fire alarm systems. Part 3. Sound fire detectors - For the first time.

DSTU EN 54-5: 2019 (EN 54-5: 2017 + A1: 2018, IDT) Fire alarm systems. Part 5. Thermal point fire detectors - For the first time.

DSTU EN 54-7: 2019 (EN 54-7: 2018, IDT) Fire alarm systems. Part 7. Fire detectors smoke point diffused light, transmission light or ionization - For the first time.

DSTU EN 694: 2019 (EN 694: 2014, IDT) Fire hoses. Semi-rigid hoses for stationary fire extinguishing systems— To replace DSTU 4832: 2007.

DSTU EN 12259-1: 2019 (EN 12259-1: 1999 + A1: 2001, IDT) Stationary fire extinguishing systems. Components of sprinkler and water spray systems. Part 1. Sprinklers - For the first time.

DSTU EN 14540: 2019 (EN 14540: 2014, IDT) Fire hoses. Flat-folding sleeves that do not leak for stationary fire extinguishing systems - For the first time.

DSTU EN 50200: 2019 (EN 50200: 2015, IDT) Fire test method for unprotected cables with a small cross section for use in safety circuits - To replace DSTU EN 50200: 2016 (EN 50200: 2006, IDT).

DSTU EN ISO 16852: 2019 (EN ISO 16852: 2010, IDT; ISO 16852: 2008, IDT) Flame extinguisher. Performance requirements, test methods and application limits - First time.

DSTU EN ISO 1716: 2019 (EN ISO 1716: 2018, IDT; ISO 1716: 2018, IDT) Tests of products for reaction to fire. Determination of heat of combustion (calorific value) - To replace DSTU B EN ISO 1716: 2011.

DSTU ISO 6182-1: 2019 (ISO 6182-1: 2014, IDT) Fire protection. Automatic sprinkler systems. Part 1. Requirements and test methods for sprinklers - For the first time.

DSTU ISO 11601: 2019 (ISO 11601: 2008, IDT) Fire extinguishing. Mobile fire extinguishers. Performance and design - First time.

DSTU ISO 11601: 2019 (ISO 11601: 2017, IDT) Fire extinguishing. Mobile fire extinguishers. Performance and design - First time.

DSTU ISO 15538: 2019 (ISO 15538: 2001, IDT) Protective clothing for firefighters. Methods of laboratory tests and technical requirements for protective clothing with an external heat-reflecting surface - For the first time.

DSTU ISO 16312-1: 2019 (ISO 16312-1: 2016, IDT) Guidance on the validation of physical fire models to obtain data on the toxicity of volatile combustion products to assess fire hazard and fire risk. Part 1. Criteria— For the first time.

The developer's electronic office has started working

In the previous issue of the magazine we wrote about the publication of the Law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts to Improve the Procedure for Providing Administrative Services in the Field of Construction and Creation of the Unified State Electronic System in the Field of Construction", which entered into force on 01.12.2019.

12/13/2019 The Department of Communications of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine announced that the electronic office of the developer has begun its work.

Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk noted that the launch of the e-cabinet will take place in several stages. The first provides for the provision of services for obtaining documents for buildings of the class of consequences SS1, and these are residential and industrial buildings (up to four floors), as well as - linear infrastructure and even roads. This will apply to all stages of construction: preparatory and construction work, as well as - the commissioning of the building.

In the next stage, in a few months, online services will also be available for objects that belong to the class of objects with medium (CC2) and significant (CC3) consequences.

The information in the e-cabinet will be checked automatically, including the ownership of the site and its intended purpose, the parameters of the object's compliance with CC1: area, number of floors, etc.

The e-office of the developer is available on the DABI portal by the link
https://e-dabi.gov.ua/, through the entrance to the personal account.

At the same time, the submission of a paper message will also remain available and will usually take five working days, and declarations - ten days.

Lawyer's comment:

As we see, the provisions of the Law have started to work, so we recommend to use the electronic office of the developer to receive administrative services in the field of construction.

Updated Technical regulations for detergents

On December 15, 2019, the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of August 20, 2008 бу 717 "On approval of the Technical regulations of detergents" №498 from 06/12/2019.

This resolution was adopted in order to bring the Technical Regulations of detergents in line with current legislation of Ukraine on standardization and updating of references to regulations.

The resolution further defines how to apply the mark of conformity to technical regulations, y if the detergent is delivered in bulk. Therefore, the mark of compliance with technical regulations must be applied to the accompanying documents.

Lawyer's comment:

In general, the resolution updates the provisions of the technical regulations in accordance with current legislation, but if your company is a manufacturer or importer of detergents, we recommend that you read more about its provisions.

The law on greenhouse gas emissions has been adopted

On December 12, 2019, the Law of Ukraine “On Principles of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions” was adopted.

This Law defines the legal and organizational principles of monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions and is aimed at fulfilling Ukraine's obligations under international agreements.

The law stipulates that installations from which greenhouse gas emissions are carried out are subject to registration in the Unified Register for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from installations located on the territory of Ukraine.

The registry will be entered State Ecological Inspectorate of Ukraine.

Greenhouse gas emissions from such installations are in turn subject to monitoring and verification. Monitoring is the collection, processing, analysis and storage by the operator of data to determine the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the monitoring results, the operator's report is developed, which is subject to verification. Verification, in turn, is the activity of the verifier, which consists in verifying the operator's report, preparing and issuing the verifier based on the results of such verification of the verification report.

The verifier is a legal entity accredited in accordance with the Law of Ukraine "On Accreditation of Conformity Assessment Bodies".

The Law also provides for administrative liability for violation of its requirements.

The provisions of the Law come into force on January 1, 2021.

Lawyer's comment:

The law applies to legal and natural persons-entrepreneurs who carry out technical operation of the installation, which is owned or used by it (operator). Therefore, if your company is the operator of such an installation, we recommend that you read the requirements of the Law and prepare for its implementation.

Reducing pressure on business from market surveillance authorities

On December 12, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Reduction of Pressure on Business by Market Supervisors”. On December 19, 2019, the law was sent for signature to the President of Ukraine. It will enter into force three months after publication.

The law authorizes market surveillance authorities to verify the characteristics of products from its manufacturers only if there are documented grounds to believe that the product is dangerous, poses a risk and / or does not meet the established requirements due to actions or inaction of the manufacturer of such products.

According to the adopted law, the clear right of an economic entity during a scheduled inspection not to allow market surveillance officials to inspect the characteristics of products not specified in the relevant sectoral plan of market surveillance. 

The new law specifies the deadlines for certain actions to be taken by regulatory authorities during inspections, which will reduce the possibility of abuse on their part.

It defines certain requirements for documents that need to be issued by market surveillance authorities to conduct an inspection (inspection order, referral, inspection report). Previously, these documents were drawn up in accordance with the Law of Ukraine "On Basic Principles of State Supervision (Control) in the Sphere of Economic Activity".

The law defines the possibility of applying restrictive measures to products that meet the requirements of technical regulations, but pose a risk. 

Also, the responsibility of business entities for the introduction of dangerous products and non-compliance with market surveillance authorities has increased.

Lawyer's comment:

The new law clearly establishes the grounds, procedure, terms of the inspection, requirements for documents issued by market surveillance authorities. At the same time, it reduces the responsibility of distributors and increases the responsibility of economic entities for the introduction of dangerous products and non-compliance with market surveillance authorities. Therefore, if you are a manufacturer of non-food products, we recommend that you read the text of this Law to be informed about the procedure for market surveillance.

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