By Stephen Benton and Jane Gartshore of Cool Concerns Ltd
If all refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems complied with relevant standards we would have systems which are safer, more reliable, more energy efficient, leak less and are future proof. But they are often viewed as complicated and many people are unaware of their relevance, importance and value.
A legal requirement?
In our industry this includes, for example, the Pressure Equipment Directive. EN 378-2:2008+A2:2012 Annex ZA shows the relationship between the standard and the essential safety requirements of the PED. Compliance with EN378 is the simplest way of compliance with most of the requirements of the PED.
What’s in a standard?
Standards follow a standard format – as you would expect! The standard usually includes:
Some standards are split into several parts to make them more manageable and cost effective (they can be bought individually).
Standards exist at national, European and international level:
BS – British Standard
EN – European Standard
ISO and IEC – International Standards.
Keeping standards relevant and up to date
Revisions typically occur over a five year period to ensure standards remain relevant to industry and are up to date with regulations, technology and best practice. Outside of the main revision amendments are made.
Always make sure you are referring to the current up to date standard and that it has not been superseded, the best way to check is using the BSI website shop: shop.bsigroup.com
Our favourite standards
Below is a flavour of our favourites, with information to show you why they are important to us:
Where to get further information
All BS, EN, ISO and IEC standards are available in the UK from the British Standards Institute (BSI): www.bsigroup.com Make sure you read the scope of the standard prior to buying it to ensure it is the one you need. Becoming a member of BSI is usually worthwhile as most standards are then half price.
If you would like help cracking the code of standards email us at email@example.com
According to Howard Kerr, Chief Executive of BSI:
“A lot of people think standards are just for big companies because they're complex, expensive tools. Nothing could be further from the truth”.
We totally agree – we are a three person company but standards are at the core of our business. They are an essential and cost effective tool.