Technical inspections of installations - Ekomeritum


Are you aware of the fact that when using a device designed to protect the environment, you are obliged to perform cyclical procedures control in order to check its condition? It is the law in force that results in the obligation to perform periodic inspections of the technical condition  water and sewage equipment, devices reducing the emission of gases and dust into the air. Such requirements are imposed by the Building Law.

Performing periodic inspections of equipment and installations with the appropriate frequency allows you to maintain their good efficiency. Periodic inspections of devices (including those protecting the environment) reduce the risk of failure, which also reduces the risk of releasing excessive amounts of substances or changing emission parameters that may have a negative impact on the environment.

The construction law imposes a much broader scope of obligations on enterprises, institutions and sometimes even on natural persons. 

In terms of service and maintenance of devices we offer a service operational inspections and construction

What is the purpose of periodic inspections?

Users of installations and devices are obliged to take care of their good technical condition. For this purpose, it is necessary to carry out periodic assessments of their functioning. The purpose of periodic technical inspections is prevention - preventing possible failures and the desire to ensure the continuity of operation of all facilities and devices.

How often should periodic inspections be carried out and who is responsible for ensuring that periodic inspections are carried out?

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Equipment and structures are subject to periodic inspections. Duty this applies to carrying out repeated with different frequency, but most often once a year, technical inspections of buildings, structures and equipment and rests with the owner or manager of the facility. Also, the Tenant, even if he is responsible for the rented building only to a limited extent, may receive a fine if irregularities are found during the inspection. In the event of an accident or other incidentwhich will result in the liability of the insurer, the facility manager or owner may face questioning the payment of compensation.

That is why it is so important to take care of the condition of the infrastructure by ordering periodic inspections.

In addition to periodic inspections, you should also take care of documentation, one of the most important parts of which is documentation Building Book. She is mandatory and chronological entries should be made in it, recording all periodic inspections of the facility and additionally certain documents that are created on an ongoing basis during its use.

To what extent do periodic inspections concern equipment and installations used to protect the environment?

Annual the review concerns e.g. environmental protection installations. This obligation too results from the provisions of the Construction Law. 

The provisions of the Construction Law do not specify what should be understood by the words "installation" and "environmental protection device". On the basis of the existing regulations, it can be concluded that these are installations and devices that counteract the negative impact (of other devices/installations/buildings) on the environment and human health in terms of releasing pollutants into the air, sewage emissions into the ground or into waters, noise emissions and electromagnetic fields to the environment.

Environmental protection devices include:

control inspection should be carried out by specialists with appropriate qualifications/licences. It is also important that the person performing them has appropriate training and experience.

Who has the right to control the performance of periodic inspections of equipment and installations? – Who is interested in periodic inspections of devices and installations?

There are several institutions and entities that can check whether the inspections have been carried out, whether they have been performed with the applicable frequency and by persons with appropriate qualifications.

We can include:

periodic inspections of equipment

How often should periodic inspections be performed?

Periodic inspections of buildings during their use.

The owner or manager is obliged to inspect them during the use of buildings:

periodically, at least once a yearin the scope of checking the technical condition:
a) elements of structures, buildings, installations exposed to the negative effects of weather conditions and the destructive impact of factors occurring during the use of the facility
b) installations and devices for environmental protection
c) gas installations/systems and ducts emitting smoke, fumes and ventilation ducts;

periodic the above-mentioned objects at least 2 times a year (between May 31 and November 30) if they have the following parameters:
a) buildings with a built-up area exceeding 2000 m2
b) other buildings with a roof area exceeding 1000 m2;

periodically, at least once every 1 years, in the scope of checking the technical condition and suitability for use of the building:
a) its aesthetics and surroundings
b) tests of electrical and lightning protection installations, accessories, protection and means of protection against electric shock, insulation resistance of wires, earthing of installations and devices.

During the inspection (periodic inspection) it is necessary to verify whether the recommendations of the previous inspection (periodic inspection) have been implemented.

Most periodic inspections should be performed by persons holding building qualifications in the relevant specialty.

[art. 62. at PB]

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What is the frequency of operational inspections for cleaning devices?

  1. The fulfillment of the conditions (described in § 21 section 1) is assessed on the basis of tests carried out by the plantat least 2 times a year, operational inspections of cleaning devices. The use of the devices should be carried out in accordance with the instructions for operating and servicing the cleaning devices received. All activities performed on its basis should be recorded in the device operation book. 
  2. Implementation of the required conditions (described in § 21 section 1) in relation to rainwater or snowmelt discharged into waters or into the ground from cleaning devices with a nominal capacity greater than 300 l/s is assessed:

                 – based on reviews

                 – on the basis of tests carried out during precipitation, at least twice a year, in spring and autumn.

The test sample is a sample obtained by mixing 3 samples taken at minimum 30-minute intervals.

[§23. start of the Minister of the Environment on the conditions to be met when discharging sewage into waters or into the ground, and on substances particularly harmful to the aquatic environment] 

What conditions must be met when introducing sewage into waters and into the ground?


  1. Rainwater or meltwater, included w open or closed sewage systems, originating z polluted sealed surface
  • industrial areas, warehouses, transport bases, ports, airports, cities, roads included in the category of national, voivodeship or poviat roads of class G, as well as car parks with an area of ​​over 0,1 ha

           => in the amount that arises from precipitation of at least 15 l per second per 1 ha, 

  • fuel storage and distribution facilities,

           => in the amount that arises from rainfall with a frequency of occurrence once a year and a duration of 15 minutes, 

           but in an amount not less than that produced rainfall of 77 liters per second per 1 ha 

      may be introduced into water or into the ground, unless they contain contaminants in quantities exceeding:

           – 100 mg/l suspensions general 


            – 15 mg/l of petroleum hydrocarbons

     If they contain higher contents the above mentioned substances or suspensions must be cleaned 

                                                                                            for example with 


  1. Rainwater or snowmelt from surfaces other than those covered referred to in sec. 1, may be introduced into water or into the ground without purification


      [§ 21. Decree of the Ministry of the Environment on the conditions to be met when introducing sewage into waters or the ground, and on substances        

      particularly harmful to the aquatic environment]     

 The material is for information purposes only and is not an interpretation of the law. Due to possible changes in applicable law, all information provided should be verified and checked for validity.

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