F-GAS Regulation 517/2014
Refrigerant, the medium on which most air conditioning and refrigeration systems operate can have negative effects on the environment. Older refrigerants had a potential to deplete the ozone layer, whilst the newer ozone-friendly refrigerants have a greater potential to cause global warming.
Refrigerants pose little threat to the environment providing they are handled correctly by trained operatives and only charged into leak-tight systems. However until 2007 when the F-Gas Regulation was first introduced, anyone could buy, handle or use refrigerants, and in turn refrigerant loss into the atmosphere was running at unsustainable levels.
The F-Gas Regulation (current version 517/2014) was introduced to control the use and management of refrigerants, more correctly termed ‘Fluorinated gases’.
These regulations set out the training and qualifications an operative must have to lawfully handle and use refrigerants, and how they must be managed to reduce the likelihood of leakage. Moreover, the regulations place a series of obligations on the operators / users of equipment containing Fluorinated gases, and it is these responsibilities that we can help you achieve and maintain to ensure your compliance with the regulation going forward.
Your obligations include obtaining evidence that the personnel you appoint to install and maintain your air conditioning systems are appropriately trained and hold the necessary licensing. You must also ensure that all equipment is clearly labelled with the type and quantity of refrigerant it contains.
You are required to have your equipment leak-tested regularly and to repair any detected leakage as quickly as possible. You must keep records of this leak-testing along with the type and quantity of refrigerant in use at your premises, and keep logs of any refrigerant that has been lost or added.
As part of our commitment to our contract customers, Gelidus will manage the administration and record-keeping required to ensure your full compliance with the F-Gas regulation, and will keep you advised on changes in legislation and updates as they occur.
Should you have any questions relating to the F-Gas Regulation, please do get in touch.