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UK:  The Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) has republished its Cold Store Code of Practice. The Code includes three sections: Specification, Design and Refrigeration that brings together material which was previously published in two separate documents, into a single, substantial item which is a key resource for anyone involved in the practice or consultancy of cold store design.

The first section on specification is a completely new addition which aims to help designers work with clients on clarifying requirements.  The Code includes a comprehensive list of references and legislation which may impact cold store construction, design, maintenance or operation and a series of Templates that can be downloaded for free as word documents for operators or installers to complete or customise.

The IOR Cold Store Code of Practice provides a independent and authoritative overview of the process involved in the construction of cold store projects, buildings & insulation and refrigeration design, intended to assist those responsible for specifying the requirements for a refrigerated store, within the UK, by outlining all of the design elements of a modern cold store.

Part 1 “Scope and Specification” is primarily aimed at the non-specialist end user, and provides an overview together with key elements relating to the design and specification process. Templates to assist these processes are given in the appendices.

Part 2 “Design & Construction” provides In-depth information regarding cold store construction, detailed descriptions of specific cold store features (e.g. structural design, insulated panel selection and installation, vapour sealing, fire protection, racking etc.)

Part 2 “Refrigeration Systems” provides in-depth information regarding refrigeration plant considerations and design.

The Code is available for download from the IOR website with a discount for IOR members here

Supporting Information for Users

The following Appendices are provided as free download templates related to the Code contents. Users should refer to the Code prior to adapting the templates:

Appendix A - Key Design Template

Appendix B - General Information Records

Appendix C - Supply Storage and Accommodations 

Appendix D - References

 

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TM44 Regulation

Since January 4th 2011, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has required the TM44 regulations inspection of air conditioning systems in buildings with a cooling capacity over 12kW.

Who is affected?

All building owners and managers in England and Wales with control of air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW are required to ensure compliance with the regulations.

This includes systems consisting of individual units which are less than 12kW but whose combined effective rated output is more than 12kW.

What do I need to do?

Under the TM44 Regulations, obligated persons are required to ensure that inspections of their units are carried out in an independent manner by an energy assessor to avoid any conflict of interest.

The inspection includes an assessment of the system’s efficiency and a review of sizing and advice on efficiency, improvements, and replacement or alternative solutions.

Why are Air Conditioning inspections required?

By having your Air-Conditioning system inspected by an accredited air conditioning energy assessor, it is likely that you will be able to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the carbon emissions of the system.

After the assessment, the energy assessor will be able to make recommendations for improvement to the existing systems or opportunities to replace older, less energy efficient systems or oversized systems with new energy efficient systems.

How often are inspections required?

Regular inspections of systems are mandatory and must be no less than five years apart.

Under the TM44 Regulations, the first inspection of the affected air conditioning systems must be carried out as follows:

  • For all systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within five years of the date when the system was first put into service
  • For other Air-Conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2009
  • For other Air-Conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kW the first inspection must have taken place by 4 January 2011

Non-compliance with TM44 Regulations

Failure to commission, keep or provide an air conditioning inspection report which has been lodged on to the Central Register could result in fines from £300 per offence (per a building / a unit). These fines could be repeated at the discretion of Trading Standards enforcement officer on a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

A further penalty can be issued for failure to provide a copy of the air conditioning inspection report when requested to an officer of an enforcement authority within seven days. This is fixed at £200 (per a building / a unit).

In addition to these penalties, it will still be necessary to commission the documents; otherwise further offences will be committed.

The Air Conditioning Inspection Reports must be lodged on the Government database.

Enforcement Officers can check at any time whether a public building is compliant with the legislation as Trading Standards are able to check remotely whether a building has a report lodged into the Government database.

For more information about compliance with the TM44 Regulations contact Fridgehub on 0845 619 3551 or email enquiries@fridgehub.com

 

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UK:  The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the 12th Match 2015 published the new Apprenticeship standard for the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician.

This new standard has been developed by employers in the RACHP industry and details the occupational profile, knowledge, skills and qualifications required when carrying out an apprenticeship to become a refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump engineer in the UK.

The new standards will replace all the current apprenticeship frameworks by the academic year 2017 to 2018.

Typical job titles

Refrigeration Technician/Engineer, Air Conditioning Technician/Engineering, Heat pump Technician/Engineer, Service Technician/Engineer, Maintenance Technician/Engineer, Commissioning Engineer.

Occupational profile

The Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician is a specialist occupation involved in planning, preparing and safely carrying out work activities in process, product and space cooling. Knowledge must be transferrable between any of the core activities of refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pumping. The work is carried out in a variety of applications essential for key UK business activities such as food production, product distribution, retail storage and display, transport and office climate control, manufacturing processes (eg petrochemical, pharmaceutical), IT/Datacentres and medical/healthcare services temperature and environmental control.

Key activities are: the design, installation, routine maintenance, reactive service, commissioning and de-commissioning of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems. Technicians require a thorough competency in their understanding of the engineering principles of thermodynamics and the vapour compression cycle in order to perform operations. A fully competent technician works without immediate supervision, and liaises effectively with other trades and with end users.

Environmental, legislation and technology changes mean that the requirements for technicians in this sector are constantly evolving. European and UK Safety and Environmental legislation are key drivers in rapid technology changes in the sector which is responsible for an estimated 10% of UK greenhouse gas emissions and 16% of electricity use. RACHP Engineering Technicians have important responsibilities for the safety of themselves, work colleagues and the general public as well as minimising the environmental impact of cooling systems.

Requirements: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Knowledge and skills for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat heat engineers in the UK from 2017

Duration

Typically 36 months would be required to gather sufficient practical experience.

Mandatory Qualifications

All apprentices must achieve a “Level 2 Certificate in F Gas and ODS Regulations Category 1” as this is a legal requirement under the EU F Gas Regulation 517/2014 to work on equipment containing Fluorinated Refrigerants.

Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at Level 2 or above must ensure that the apprentice achieves this standard prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship.

Link to professional registration

This standard is designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the Institute of Refrigeration and CIBSE.

Level

Level 3 is the appropriate level for Engineering Technicians who need to work without supervision and have a high level of responsibility.

To be reviewed

After three years

 

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Danfoss Learning is a unique online education and training portal which provides access to extensive online training courses and a quick & easy way for confirmation and enrolment onto both face-to-face and virtual trainings courses. In this way it provides an effective and efficient way of participating in global and local Danfoss education and training activities online as well as on-site. The main objective is to create a single user-friendly, professional and flexible learning portal with a complete overview of all kinds of Danfoss Learning material available and accessible at all times.

Danfoss offers courses in different subject areas related to its products and applications. Courses cover Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Controls, Commercial Compressors, Industrial Automation and much more such as the latest module on low GWP-refrigerants.

Some of the features and benefits associated with Danfoss Learning are:

  • The trainings are developed by industry’s experts in order to provide you in–depth knowledge on the subject you are interested in.
  • One learning portal with access to an extensive range of training courses and learning materials.
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  • At your convenience with flexible self-study courses that can be taken any time, available 24/7 and 365 days a year. You can start your studying process immediately after registration to Danfoss Learning. There are no restrictions on time, place, and number of learners or attempts.
  • Each course has been designed to build, update and upgrade technical competency skills and therefore helps maximizing performance.
  • Personalized learning experience through your own personal Learning Dashboard to keep track of your registration, learning activities in progress and completed courses.
  • You will be recognised and awarded with a certificate after the completion of a course program.

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Who is it for?

Danfoss Learning is the online platform to suit your professional training requirements. It is designed for a wide range of professionals including: HVAC-R professionals, installers, contractors, students, teachers and wholesalers.

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Registration to the platform as well as the usage of the courses is entirely FREE OF CHARGE!

When and where can I start?

Anytime from anywhere – you just need an internet connection.

What’s in it for me?

You’ll keep yourself updated with the latest developments. The platform offers not only product specific trainings but also generic courses such as refrigeration fundamentals, or our latest free program on natural refrigerants, which  consists of a series of e-Lessons giving you an understanding of CO2, hydrocarbons and Ammonia – advantages of using natural refrigerants, legislation overview, safety aspects and much more.  Please go to refrigerants.danfoss.com and select “Danfoss Learning” to start with the natural refrigerants program.

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For more information and registration please visit www.learning.danfoss.co.uk/

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UK:  Refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaler HRP has reported that its knowledge-based website fgasman.co.uk, is proving popular amongst contractors and engineers, with already some 2500 having registered their details in order to be able legally purchase F-gases. 

HRP have reported that they are receiving over a 100 visits a day, and a wide variety of questions being posed concerning the new F-Gas regulation. In addition they are also receiving a number of queries relating to systems still operating on R22, following the ban on recharging systems with recovered refrigerant that came into force on 01-January 2015.

Mandy Pilgrim, Managing Director of HRP said, “It is clear that there is a need for straightforward information. We are glad to be able help contractors stay on right side of the law and to make sure that the essential environmental regulations are met by the UK industry.”

The wholesaler has reported that F-Gasman’s answers have helped contractors understand the details of the individual and company registrations required to purchase refrigerants and the training needed to gain registration. To support this, HRP has provided additional training courses in the C&G 2079 and CITB J11 qualifications required for registration.

Find find out more about the questions being posed by contractors visit www.fgasman.co.uk

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The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) has published a new technical guide on the application of “CO2 as a Refrigerant,"

The guide written by Star Refrigeration's Andy Pearson, a well-known expert in the field of natural refrigeration applications and who has extensive experience in the use of carbon dioxide as a refrigerant, is for design and development engineers needing instruction and inspiration as well as non-technical experts seeking background information on specific related topics.

The first edition IIR guide highlights the application of CO2 refrigeration in supermarkets, industrial freezers, refrigerated transport, and cold stores as well as ice rinks, chillers, air conditioning systems, data centers and heat pumps. 

Main topics include,

  • Thermophysical properties of CO2
  • Exposure to CO2, safety precautions
  • CO2 Plant Design
  • CO2 applications
  • Future prospects
  • Standards and regulations
  • Bibliography

Andy Pearson commenting of the release of the new guide said “I am grateful to the many colleagues and friends in the industry who have provided the knowledge contained in the guide and to the staff and volunteer contributors of the International Institute of Refrigeration who have pulled it together.”

You can purchase "CO2 as a Refrigerant" from the IIR online bookshop here.

  • Paper version: 40 euros 
  • Electronic pdf version (downloadable): 30 euros

IIR members receive a 25% discount on all purchases from our online Bookshop. You can find out about IIR Membership here.

 

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UK:  Prepared on behalf of Defra (the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Gluckman Consulting and Jacobs have published a series of comprehensive guides to the new European F-Gas regulation (517/2014).

The new guides provide in-depth information on the new regulations and the responsibilities of end users, operators, contractors, equipment manufacturers, refrigerant producers and wholesalers. They include detail of the new reporting and record requirements, customer screening, training and certification and detailed explanation of CO2 thresholds, the phase down process for HFCs, equipment bans, a guide to low GWP alternative refrigerants and the issue of flammability.

Fridgehub has optimised the information sheets to enable easy on-the-go access for smartphone and tablet users, and links to related information sheets.

For a glossary of terms and references - see Information Sheet 30

Information for End User Sectors

Refrigeration, air Conditioning and heat pumps

IS 1    Domestic Refrigeration
IS 2    Commercial Refrigeration
IS 3    Industrial Refrigeration
IS 4    Transport Refrigeration
IS 5    Stationary Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps
IS 6    Mobile Air-Conditioning

Other End User Sectors

IS 7    Insulating Foam
IS 8    Aerosols
IS 9    Solvents
IS 10  Fire Protection Systems
IS 11  High Voltage Switchgear
IS 12  Magnesium
IS 13  Semiconductors

Information for contractors, manufacturers and importers

IS 14   Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump Contractors
IS 15   Fire protection system Contractors
IS 16   Refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump Manufacturers
IS 17   Producers, importers and exporters
IS 18   F-Gas Wholesalers
IS 19   Customer Screening
IS 20   Annual Reporting

Information on Training and Certification

IS 21   Stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps; refrigerated transport
IS 22   Mobile air-conditioning
IS 23   Fire protection systems
IS 24   High Voltage Switchgear

Other Important Information

IS 25   Understanding CO2 thresholds
IS 26   Summary of bans related to new equipment and products
IS 27   Flammability issues
IS 28   The HFC Phase Down Process
IS 29   Low GWP Alternatives
IS 30   Index and Glossary

The information sheets contain the best information available to date and will be updated as more or different information is made available. It does not seek to provide a definitive view on the legal requirements; only the courts can provide such a view. If there are uncertainties you should always refer to the text of the Regulation and seek qualified legal advice.

 

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EU F-Gas Regulation Guidance Information Sheet 24: Training and Certification Requirements for High Voltage Electrical Switchgear

This information Sheet is aimed at individuals and organisations that carry out SF6 handling operations related to high voltage switchgear.

The guidance will also be useful for operators of equipment using F-Gases that need to use certificated technicians for installation and maintenance.

1. Background

This guidance is for organisations affected by the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014). The F-Gas Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) including HFCs, PFCs and SF6. The 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation replaces the 2006 Regulation, strengthening all of the 2006 requirements and introducing a number of important new measures.

Training and certification is an important feature of the F-Gas Regulation as it ensures that technicians understand how to minimise emissions during installation, maintenance and at end-of-life of equipment containing F-Gases.

This Information Sheet describes the requirements that apply to training and certification related to high voltage electrical switchgear using SF6

Further guidance is available – see Information Sheet 30 for a full list and for a glossary of terms

2. Personnel Training and Certification – General Requirements

Activities covered by personnel training requirements

Personnel involved in certain activities on equipment that contains or is designed to contain F-Gases require an F-Gas handling training qualification. In particular, this applies to:

  • Installation
  • Maintenance or servicing
  • F-Gas recovery
  • Decommissioning 

Sectors requiring mandatory personnel training

The end user sectors for which these training requirements apply includes high voltage electrical switchgear – this means electrical equipment of any size that contains SF6.

Who should hold a personnel training certificate?

All technicians that carry out the activities detailed above on high voltage electrical equipment containing SF6 must hold an F-Gas handling certificate. This requirement applies both to in-house staff and to personnel employed by external contractors.

An appropriate qualification for personnel working on these systems can only be awarded by an approved certification and evaluation body. These are bodies that have been approved by the UK Government, as detailed in GB Statutory Instrument 261/20091.

Scope of personnel training

The F-Gas Regulation requires all EU Member States to provide suitable training programmes for personnel working in these areas. The training programmes must cover:

  • applicable regulations and technical standards
  • emission prevention
  • recovery of fluorinated greenhouse gases
  • safe handling of equipment of the type and size covered by the certificate
  • NEW: information on relevant technologies to replace or to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases and their safe handling.

The detailed scope of training is defined in European Commission Regulations published to support the 2006 F-Gas Regulation. These Regulations are still valid. The relevant training Regulation is:

  • Regulation EC/305/2008  - High voltage switchgear

This Commission Regulation specifies the required practical skills and theoretical knowledge and it specifies the conditions for mutual recognition of certificates between EU Member States.

Validity of existing personnel certificates

Existing certificates issued in accordance with the 2006 EU F-Gas Regulation remain valid, in accordance with the conditions under which they were originally issued.

It is important to note that the training requirements have been slightly extended in the 2014 Regulation, but this will not invalidate any existing certificates. Member States need to ensure that all personnel holding existing certificates have access to information regarding each of the following:

  • relevant technologies to replace or to reduce the use of F-Gases and their safe handling
  • existing regulatory requirements for working with equipment containing alternative refrigerants to F-Gases

It is not yet clear how this requirement will be fulfilled in the UK. It is likely that standard information material will be prepared by experts and circulated to certificate holders via Certification Bodies or training centres. 

Note: Statutory Instrument is being replaced, although it is still in force in the first quarter of 2015. A new SI will replace it during 2015; it is not expected that the list of approved bodies will change.

3. Personnel Training and Certification – Requirements for Switchgear

UK Personnel Certification and Evaluation Bodies for Switchgear

Personnel wishing to undertake installation, servicing and maintenance on high voltage electrical switchgear containing SF6 must obtain one of the qualifications listed in Table 1.

Table 1 Details of Certification and Evaluation Bodies and Qualifications offered 

4. Other Related Information

NEW: Purchase of F-Gases

The F-Gas Regulation states that:

“Bulk supplies of F-Gases shall only be sold to and purchased by undertakings that hold the relevant certificates or attestations”

Companies selling F-Gases will need to screen their customers to ensure compliance with this requirement. In most cases the required proof is a Company Certificate. See Information Sheet 19 for further details about customer screening.

Exemption from Personnel Certification

The following exemption applies to trainees:

  • Trainees are exempt for up to 1 year, but they must work under the supervision of a technician with a valid F-Gas personnel qualification and must be enrolled on a relevant training course to obtain an appropriate F gas qualification.

What is the status of a non-UK personnel qualification?

The EC F-Gas Regulation requires that Member States give mutual recognition to certification of suitable qualifications from other EU countries. This will applies to certificates that meet the minimum requirements specified in Commission Regulation EC/304/2008. The European Commission has published a list of qualifications that meet the minimum requirements. 

This Information Sheet has been prepared by Gluckman Consulting in collaboration with the Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Jacobs

This document contains the best information available to date and will be updated as more or different information is made available. It does not seek to provide a definitive view on the legal requirements; only the courts can provide such a view. If there are uncertainties you should always refer to the text of the Regulation and seek qualified legal advice.

To find out more about Gluckman Consulting visit www.gluckmanconsulting.com

 

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EU F-Gas Regulation Guidance Information Sheet 23: Training and Certification Requirements for Fire Protection Systems

This information Sheet is aimed at individuals and organisations that carry out F-Gas handling operations related to Fire Protection Systems (FPS).

The guidance will also be useful for operators of equipment using F-Gases that need to use certificated companies and technicians for installation and maintenance.

1. Background

This guidance is for organisations affected by the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014). The F-Gas Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) including HFCs, PFCs and SF6The 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation replaces the 2006 Regulation, strengthening all of the 2006 requirements and introducing a number of important new measures.

Training and certification is an important feature of the F-Gas Regulation as it ensures that technicians understand how to minimise emissions during installation, maintenance and at end-of-life of equipment containing F-Gases.

This Information Sheet describes the requirements that apply to training and certification related to:

  • Fire Protection Systems (FPS) using HFC fluids 

Further guidance is available – see Information Sheet 30 for a full list and for a glossary of terms

2. Personnel Training and Certification – General Requirements for FPS

Activities covered by personnel training requirements

Personnel involved in certain activities on equipment that contains or is designed to contain F-Gases require an F-Gas handling training qualification. In particular, this applies to:

  • Installation
  • Leakage checking
  • Maintenance or servicing
  • F-Gas recovery
  • Decommissioning

Sectors requiring mandatory personnel training

The end user sectors for which these training requirements apply include:

  • Stationary fire protection systems – this includes equipment of any size that contains an F-Gas fire extinguishing fluid (e.g. HFC 227ea).

Who should hold a personnel training certificate?

All technicians that carry out the activities detailed above on equipment in the sector listed above that contains F-Gases must hold an F-Gas handling certificate. This requirement applies both to in-house staff and to personnel employed by external contractors.

An appropriate qualification for personnel working on these systems can only be awarded by an approved certification and evaluation body. These are bodies that have been approved by the UK Government, as detailed in GB Statutory Instrument 261/2009.

Scope of personnel training

The F-Gas Regulation requires all EU Member States to provide suitable training programmes for personnel working in these areas. The training programmes must cover:

  • applicable regulations and technical standards,
  • emission prevention,
  • recovery of fluorinated greenhouse gases,
  • safe handling of equipment of the type and size covered by the certificate,
  • NEW: information on relevant technologies to replace or to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases and their safe handling.

The detailed scope of training is defined in European Commission Regulations published to support the 2006 F-Gas Regulation. These Regulations are still valid. The relevant training Regulation is:

  • Regulation EC/304/2008 - Stationary fire protection systems

This Commission Regulation specifies the required practical skills and theoretical knowledge and it specifies the conditions for mutual recognition of certificates between EU Member States. 

Note: Statutory Instrument is being replaced, although it is still in force in the first quarter of 2015. A new SI will replace it during 2015; it is not expected that the list of approved bodies will change.

Validity of existing personnel certificates

Existing certificates issued in accordance with the 2006 EU F-Gas Regulation remain valid, in accordance with the conditions under which they were originally issued.

It is important to note that the training requirements have been slightly extended in the 2014 Regulation, but this will not invalidate any existing certificates. Member States need to ensure that all personnel holding existing certificates have access to information regarding each of the following:

  • relevant technologies to replace or to reduce the use of F-Gases and their safe handling,
  • existing regulatory requirements for working with equipment containing alternative refrigerants to F-Gases.

It is not yet clear how this requirement will be fulfilled in the UK. It is likely that standard information material will be prepared by experts and circulated to certificate holders via Certification Bodies or training centres.

3. Personnel Training and Certification – Specific Requirements for FPS

UK Personnel Certification Body for FPS

Personnel wishing to undertake installation, servicing and maintenance on fire protection systems containing 3 kg or more of F gas need to hold either a:

  • Fire Industry Association F-Gas Competency Certificate, or
  • Equivalent appropriate European qualification recognised under mutual recognition provisions.

Contact Fire Industry Association (FIA) for more details:

4. Company Certification

In addition to personnel certification, contractors working on stationary FPS systems require a Company Certificate.

Activities covered by company certification requirements

Companies (including sole traders) require an F-Gas Company Certificate if they carry out the following activities on stationary FPS equipment containing F-Gases:

  • Installation
  • Maintenance or servicing
  • F-Gas recovery
  • Decommissioning 

Who should hold a Company Certificate?

A Company Certificate is required by contractors providing services related to stationary FPS. All businesses that carry out the above activities for other parties require a Company Certificate.

This requirement applies to sole traders as well as limited companies. Each separate “legal person”, including both companies and sole traders, needs a Company Certificate.

Note: All contractors working for other parties need a Company Certificate. An end user of FPS equipment that employs its own staff to carry out the above activities on their FPS equipment must ensure their staff have the appropriate personnel certificate, but they do not require a company certificate. 

Requirements for a Company Certificate

To gain a full Company Certificate, businesses need to show that:

a)  they employ sufficient personnel to cover the expected volume of activities and those personnel hold qualifications that meet the minimum requirements of EC/304/2008 as described above,

b)  they have the necessary tools and procedures available to their trained personnel to ensure that their clients’ F-Gas emissions can be minimised.

UK Company Certification Body for FPS

Defra has named the Fire Industry Association (FIA) as the Company Certification body for the Fire Protection sector.

Contact Fire Industry Association (FIA) for more details:

5. Other Related Information

NEW: Purchase of F-Gases

The F-Gas Regulation states that:

“Bulk supplies of F-Gases shall only be sold to and purchased by undertakings that hold the relevant certificates or attestations”

Companies selling F-Gases will need to screen their customers to ensure compliance with this requirement. In most cases the required proof is a Company Certificate. See Information Sheet 19 for further details about customer screening.

Exemption from Personnel Certification

The following exemption applies to trainees:

  • Trainees are exempt for up to 1 year, but they must work under the supervision of a technician with a valid F-Gas personnel qualification and must be enrolled on a relevant training course to obtain an appropriate F gas qualification. 

An employer must ensure that the training will enable an employee to carry out relevant work satisfactorily and must retain records for each employee trained (name, training provided, date provided, date of certificate issuance).

What is the status of a non-UK personnel qualification?

The EC F-Gas Regulation requires that Member States give mutual recognition to certification of suitable qualifications from other EU countries. This will applies to certificates that meet the minimum requirements specified in Commission Regulation EC/304/2008. The European Commission has published a list of qualifications that meet the minimum requirements.

What is the status of a non-UK Company Certificate?

A Company Certificate issued in another EU Member State is valid in GB. 

This Information Sheet has been prepared by Gluckman Consulting in collaboration with the Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Jacobs

This document contains the best information available to date and will be updated as more or different information is made available. It does not seek to provide a definitive view on the legal requirements; only the courts can provide such a view. If there are uncertainties you should always refer to the text of the Regulation and seek qualified legal advice.

To find out more about Gluckman Consulting visit www.gluckmanconsulting.com

 

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EU F-Gas Regulation Guidance Information Sheet 22: Training and Certification Requirements for Mobile Air-Conditioning Systems

This information sheet is aimed at individuals and organisations that carry out F-Gas handling operations related to mobile air-conditioning (MAC).

1. Background

This guidance is for organisations affected by the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation (517/2014). The F-Gas Regulation creates controls on the use and emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-Gases) including HFCs, PFCs and SF6. The 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation replaces the 2006 Regulation, strengthening all of the 2006 requirements and introducing a number of important new measures.

Training and certification is an important feature of the F-Gas Regulation as it ensures that technicians understand how to minimise emissions during installation, maintenance and at end-of-life of equipment containing F-Gases.

This Information Sheet describes the requirements that apply to training and certification related to:

  • Mobile air-conditioning (MAC) using HFC refrigerants

Please note that the requirements for MAC systems are not the same as those that apply to stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems and to refrigerated trucks and trailers). See Information Sheet 21 for the relevant training requirements

Further guidance is available – see Information Sheet 30 for a full list and for a glossary of terms

2. Types of MAC System

Mobile air-conditioning systems fall into 2 groups:

a)  Vehicles covered by the EU MAC Directive 40/2006. This includes to motor vehicles of categories M1 and N1 as defined in Annex II of Directive 70/156/EEC. These categories include cars and light vans.

b)  MAC in all other vehicles including lorries, buses and trains. 

3. Personnel Training – General Requirements for MAC

Activities covered by personnel training requirements

Personnel involved in recovery of F-Gases from MAC equipment require appropriate training. Recovery of refrigerant may be required during maintenance of MAC systems (e.g. prior to replacing a component such as the compressor) or at end-of-life of the MAC system.

Types of training required

For MACs in vehicles covered by the MAC Directive there are detailed requirements of the required training and attestation – see Section 4 below.

For MACs in other vehicles, the Regulation states “F-Gas recovery shall be carried out by appropriately qualified natural persons”. Currently no further details are provided. Until the European Commission define further requirements it is reasonable to assume that appropriate training is either that required for vehicles covered by the MAC Directive or the more comprehensive requirements for stationary refrigeration and air-conditioning systems (see Information Sheet 21).

Validity of existing personnel certificates

Existing certificates issued in accordance with the 2006 EU F-Gas Regulation remain valid, in accordance with the conditions under which they were originally issued.

4. Personnel Training and Certification – Specific Requirements for MAC

For MACs in vehicles covered by the MAC Directive, the detailed scope of training is defined in a European Commission Regulation published to support the 2006 F-Gas Regulation. This Regulation is still valid. The relevant training Regulation is:

  • Regulation EC/307/2008 Mobile air-conditioning

Scope of personnel training

The MAC qualifications under EC/307/2008 must cover the following areas:

  • Operation of MAC systems containing F gas refrigerants,
  • Environmental impact of F gas refrigerants,
  • Environmental regulations,
  • Refrigerant recovery.

Who should hold a personnel training certificate?

All technicians that carry out F-Gas recovery in vehicles within the scope of the MAC Directive must hold an F-Gas handling attestation based on EC/307/2008. This requirement applies both to in-house staff and to personnel employed by external contractors and service companies. 

An appropriate qualification for personnel working on these systems can only be awarded by an approved certification and evaluation body. These are bodies that have been approved by the UK Government, as detailed in GB Statutory Instrument 261/2009.

Note: Statutory Instrument 261/2009 is being replaced, although it is still in force in the first quarter of 2015. A new SI will replace it during 2015; it is not expected that the list of approved bodies will change. 

UK Personnel Attestation Bodies for MAC

Qualifications that meet the minimum requirements defined by the EC F gas Regulation have been developed and are available from the following four awarding bodies:

  • City and Guilds of London Institute,
  • The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI),
  • IMI Awards,
  • The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (Irtec) – no qualifications available.

At the time of writing the MAC qualifications in GB that meet the minimum requirements of EC/307/2008 are shown in Table 1. Holders of any of the air conditioning qualifications detailed in Table 1 are deemed holders of a valid certificate for the purposes of the EC F gas Regulation and Commission Regulation 307/2008.

Personnel can also have a European qualification recognised under the mutual recognition provisions.

5. Other Related Information

NEW Purchase of F-Gases

The F-Gas Regulation states that:

“Bulk supplies of F-Gases shall only be sold to and purchased by undertakings that hold the relevant certificates or attestations”

Companies selling F-Gases will need to screen their customers to ensure compliance with this requirement. In most cases the required proof is a Company Certificate, however this requirement does not apply to those working on MAC equipment, see Information Sheet 19 for further details about customer screening.

Exemption from Personnel Certification

Trainee personnel are exempt for up to 1 year, but they must work under the supervision of certificated personnel and must be enrolled on a relevant training course.

What is the status of a non-UK personnel qualification?

The EC F-Gas Regulation requires that Member States give mutual recognition to certification of suitable qualifications from other EU countries. This will applies to certificates that meet the minimum requirements specified in Commission Regulation EC/307/2008. The European Commission has published a list of qualifications that meet the minimum requirements. 

Table 1: Details of Certification and Evaluation Bodies and Valid Qualifications 

This Information Sheet has been prepared by Gluckman Consulting in collaboration with the Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Jacobs

This document contains the best information available to date and will be updated as more or different information is made available. It does not seek to provide a definitive view on the legal requirements; only the courts can provide such a view. If there are uncertainties you should always refer to the text of the Regulation and seek qualified legal advice.

To find out more about Gluckman Consulting visit www.gluckmanconsulting.com

 

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