Media Release: 29 October 2014
Refrigerant Wholesalers will be asking to see evidence of customers having an EPA Approved Filler Certificate from 1 January 2015
Representatives from all major suppliers of refrigerant attended a meeting held in Auckland. The outcome was agreement to support the presentation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Approved Filler and/or Approved Handler License or Certificate that will be a requirement for purchase of refrigerant commencing 1 January 2015.
The requirement for people working with refrigerants to have an Approved Filler Certificate goes back to Clause 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004:
This affects anyone transferring compressed gas into a pressure vessel. The decision to restrict sales from 1 January 2015 is a voluntary agreement made by refrigerant suppliers to help ensure safe practice in refrigerant use.
Under the HSNO Act, anybody handling or recovering compressed gases must have had suitable training and hold an Approved Filler and/or Approved Handler Test Certificate as appropriate. Most refrigerants currently used in New Zealand are classified as compressed gases under the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004 (Compressed Gas Regulations). Under these regulations, a person recovering compressed gas (refrigerant) into a cylinder must hold an Approved Filler Test Certificate.
‘As part of our ongoing commitment to Industry Licensing the requirement demonstrates industry’s continued willingness to act responsibly to reduce the environmental impact’, says RLTB Chair, Glynn Cowley.
The Health and Safety Bill currently before Parliament also places greater responsibility on employers, directors and senior management in matters relating to safe practice in the workplace.
Background: Following the Tamahere disaster, The Refrigerant License Trust Board (RLTB / RLNZ) was established by the Climate Control Companies Association (CCCA) and The Institute of Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (IRHACE), with funding provided by refrigerant levy collection, initially to develop and provide approved refrigerant filler and handler training and certification for HVAC&R practitioners.
For further information regarding this release, contact Fiona Quin-Williams
Communications Manager, on 09 273 004409 273 0044.
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