The regulations regarding the use of F gases (Fluorinated greenhouse gases) have been made tougher since new legislation in 2017, and there are further regulations in the pipeline for 2020.
F gases are commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, especially gases HFC404A, HFC410A and HFC134a. The requirements for regular maintenance and checks are also dependent upon the F gases GWP (Global Warming Potential). All companies operating systems using F gases should be aware of the latest regulations, as it is up to them to ensure that they are compliant.
If you’re a company operating a system that uses F gases you have a responsibility to ensure that trained technicians are used to install, maintain, check for leaks, and to dispose of or decommission any equipment that is no longer required.
All equipment containing F gases must also be clearly labelled and the label must contain all relevant details about the F gas being used.
The equipment owner must perform regular checks for leaks on equipment. Checks are required to be carried put within specific time intervals depending on the amount of F gases in the system and the Global Warming Potential of the F gases.
It is important to note that systems that didn’t require checks under the 2006 regulations may do so now.
Equipment that has a leak detection system installed are granted a longer interval between leak checks. For equipment that contains F gases equivalent to more than 500 tonne of CO2 leak detection systems are a mandatory requirement – again, this requirement has changed since the earlier 2006 regulations.
If a leak is detected, then the owner must alert a trained technician and have the leak fixed and retested within a 1-month period.
Companies using systems containing F gases must also keep records of maintenance, leak checks and repairs. The government requires records to be kept for 5 years. The most up to date regulations additional information to be recorded than previous regulations.
Details of the latest government requirements can be found here.
Aiken is fully aware of all the latest regulations on refrigeration and air conditioning systems. We can help you to ensure that your company and your systems are fully compliant and carry out the necessary maintenance and leak checks within the required time intervals. We offer this service on an annual retainer basis to offer peace of mind for our clients. For more information, contact us directly.