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Hiring the wrong contractor is a waste

IN THE light of the reclassification of refrigerants as hazardous waste and the future imposition of refrigerant handling legislation, REFCOM, the register of companies competent to handle refrigerants in the UK, has made a renewed call for anyone hiring air conditioning contractors to exercise additional caution.
Stephen Crocker, REFCOM scheme co-ordinator, said 'The recent reclassification of fluorinated refrigerant gases as hazardous waste is an immediate driver for change in the way our industry handles refrigerants. These gases are subject to more regulatory governance, and handlers are required to track all refrigerant movement comprehensively and be registered with the Environment Agency.

'In addition, a national mandatory refrigerant handling scheme is closer and has wider reaching implications than people think,' Stephen continued. 'If a mandatory national refrigerant handling scheme is introduced in the UK, it will mean end-users, such as facilities managers, will need to guarantee the contractors they hire operate safely and legally, ensuring minimum emissions. It is prudent to start adhering to the highest standards sooner rather than later to prevent expensive and complicated last minute checks or changes of contractor.'

REFCOM considers it vital that any hired contractor is able to prove that it operates under fully auditable procedures, which is a condition of membership of the scheme. Only contractors that can provide comprehensive cylinder, engineer and maintenance logs and details of supplier transactions on request should be selected.

The IOR Annual Conference – a conference on-demand

Delegates to the IOR Annual Conference taking place from 21 to 22 April will get the chance to access the event live and all sessions and recordings for up six months afterwards providing fantastic value and allowing anyone registering for the event ...

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Sanha introduces new pipe dimension 168.3 mm

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  14-Jun-2021

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