F GAS Regulations – What Do They Mean For You?
The F Gas legislation was introduced in 2006/7, and seeks to reduce fluorinated greenhouse gases by placing obligations on operators of stationary air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump equipment. The regulations cover responsible use of refrigerant gasses including containment, inspection and testing for leakages, record keeping and use of properly certified personnel.
The overall objective of these measures is to reduce the carbon emissions essential for the wellbeing of our global environment
Your responsibilities as a user / operator:
Under the F-Gas and EU Ozone Regulations “Operators” are defined as people or organizations that have actual control over the technical functioning of the equipment (You). The legal responsibility for compliance with the F-Gas and EU Ozone regulation lies with the operator.
For refrigeration & air conditioning systems with a charge over 3Kg (6Kg if a “hermetically sealed” system) operators MUST:
Take steps to prevent leaks, and repair any leaks as soon as possible (within 14 days for HCFC’s).
Arrange proper refrigerant recovery by certified personnel during servicing, and arrange compliant disposal for “end of life” equipment and plant.
Carry out leak checks to the schedule as shown below.
Ensure that only certified competent personnel carry out leakage checks.
Maintain records of refrigerants and servicing.
Schedule for leak checking:
Leak checking (methods are not expressly defined in detail by the EC) varies depending on the amount of refrigerant in the system.
Annually or more frequently for systems containing 3Kg or more (unless it is “hermetically sealed” in which case the threshold is 6Kg or more).
At least once every 6 months for systems containing 30Kg or more.
Systems must be rechecked within one month after any leak has been repaired to ensure that the repair has been effective.
Maintenance and servicing records:
Operators of all systems containing 3Kg or more F-Gas must maintain records to include.
Quantity and type of F-Gas contained within each system.
Record any removal or re-charging of F-Gas and the reason why.
Identification of the company or technician carrying out the servicing.
A log of the dates and results of required periodic leakage checks.
It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure that the relevant servicing personnel have obtained the necessary certification showing that they understand the regulations and are competent.
As an operator of equipment with a gas containing refrigeration or air conditioning system you have a legal obligation to ensure you meet these requirements. Prosecutions for “failure to comply” are currently rare but the penalties are severe.
Having a maintenance agreement in place with All Seasons Climate Control will ensure you meet your responsibility as the operator of your equipment.
We carry out the required F-Gas checks as part of every servicing agreement we have in place and will provide comprehensive records showing these checks have been completed.
We create a site specific maintenance folder with comprehensive maintenance records documenting all scheduled and reactive work carried out on the systems. Part of these records will be F Gas certification proving you have met the criteria of the legislation.