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Fgas Regulations - Your Responsibilities

Did you know that as an end user of refrigeration or air conditioning (RAC) equipment, you are responsible for complying with Fluorinated Gas (F Gas) Regulations?

In summary, the regulations require that you:

  • Leak test systems with between 3 and 30 kg of refrigerant charge at least once a year, and systems with more than 30 kg twice a year.
  • Fit permanent leak detection to systems with more than 300 kg of charge.
  • Log leak tests and refrigerant usage.
  • Use engineers qualified to the F Gas Regulations standard to carry out this work.

More Information

 

Any company who wishes to carry out activities affected by these regulations must be accredited and have FGas registration. As part of this all engineers who work with refrigerants must also be certified. There are four Levels 1-4 with 1 being the highest:

CATEGORY 4
For personnel who require certification to carry out indirect leak testing of systems containing FGases.

CATEGORY 3
For personnel who require certification to carry out refrigerant recovery on systems containing F Gases up to 3Kg of Fgas (6Kg if hermetically sealed system).

CATEGORY 2
For personnel who require certification to carry out recovery, installation, maintenance and repairs on systems containing Fgases up to 3Kg of Fgas (6kg if hermetically sealed system) or Air Conditioning / Heat Pumps up to 5Kg of FGases (6Kg if hermetically sealed system) Commercial pipe work and brazing certificate is also mandatory for this category.

CATEGORY 1
For personnel who require certification to carry out all work on all systems such as installation, recovery, maintenance and repairs regardless of FGas quantity. Industrial pipe work and brazing certificate is also mandatory for this category.

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      All on365 engineers are Category 1 qualified so have the highest FGas certification. There are therefore no restrictions on the equipment on365 can work on or the type of work we can undertake.

Facts

  • APC Partner status does not mean a supplier is legally qualified to carry out work on refrigerants.
  • Attendance on a manufacturer's training course does not qualify the company or individual to legally install, commission, maintain or repair the equipment.
  • Using a non-certified organisation or non-qualified FGas engineers will mean your systems are non-compliant and could risk a penalty for breach of regulations which includes fines and potentially correction of prohibition notices issued.

 

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