by Alan Jackson and James Bailey from BJA Refrigeration Consultants
However, there are many other areas of compliance that must be adhered to in the design, construction, servicing and management of refrigeration systems, and your customers expect compliance through all the services you deliver. This article provides a sample of areas of compliance that may affect you.
- Ensuring your customer is aware of all requirements associated with construction – selection of materials, time-scales, pressure testing etc.
- Ensuring compliance during installation – mitigating risks, safe methods of working and ensuring all site operatives and site visitors have a valid CSCS skill card is essential
- Ensuring compliance during the life cycle of a system is paramount– you must be able to prove traceability, technician qualifications & training, planned preventative maintenance, logging and recording of refrigerant use.
The Pressure Equipment Directive
- Identify the type of pressure equipment, fluid state, fluid group, selection of the appropriate classification chart, determining the maximum allowable pressure & defining dimension, and establishing the PED hazard category.
- Ensure that PRVs are installed in appropriate locations.
- Ensure PRVs are tagged and recorded with system details – the date of installation is necessary to ensure that they are changed out at regulatory compliant intervals.
The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)
Specific to the RAC industry, owner / users of refrigeration plant containing pressure vessels, with a capacity of over 25 kilowatts require a written scheme of examination and inspection. It is yours and your customer’s responsibility to ensure that examinations are undertaken at the correct intervals.
The (Construction Design and Management) Regulations 2015
- Plan work so any risks involved are managed from start to finish
- Have the right people for the right job at the right time
- Cooperate and coordinate your work with other trades and professionals
- Have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- Communicate information effectively to those who need to know
- Consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed
- Ensure that your customer is aware of his responsibilities and obligations
BS 7671 (Wiring regulations)
EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD)
- The management of hazardous waste – this is waste that contains properties which if mismanaged have the potential to cause harm to the environment and human health. As a result, strict controls apply from the point of its production, to its movement, management, and recovery or disposal. You and your customer are responsible for the management and traceability of this waste.
- The management of electrical and electronic equipment - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) directives aim to reduce the quantity of waste from electrical and electronic and increase its re-use, recovery and recycling. You and your customer are responsible for the management and traceability of this waste.