Ed Whinyates of Stonegrove Refrigeration and Mark Scott of TQ Environmental look at the benefits of leak detection and the role it has to play in the changing regulations within the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
With the changes in F-Gas regulations and the EN378 standard (safety and environmental standard), coupled with the ongoing rises in refrigerant costs, the need for leak detection systems is becoming more apparent. So whether it is a legal requirement based on regulations, or a prudent stance to help prevent large losses of costly refrigerant leaking from a system, the choice to install a leak detection system needs to be seriously considered.
by Stephen Benton, Cool Concerns
Often we hear “I have always done it like this”. If we are honest with ourselves we have all said it at some time, the more fundamental question we should ask is “have we always been doing it right?”.
There is a right way and a quick way; sometimes they are the same thing, but more often we think the right way will delay us from getting to the next three jobs. Consider then that the failure to do something correctly, that might only involve 5 minutes more work, could result in weeks off work with an injury or a lifetime dead (that’s a more permanent delay, is it not?). That perceived need to save time is often why accidents happen, coupled with the certainty that all men have “that it will not happen to me”!
Engineers often don’t safely isolate electrical equipment before working. I worked for decades without correctly locking off electrical equipment before undertaking maintenance or repair work. The Health & Safety culture in the refrigeration industry has certainly improved beyond all recognition from those days, but largely from a paper trail perspective. Engineers still follow less than best practice on a daily basis.