Toshiba Air Conditioning has launched a training programme for installers, designed to ensure safe handling of R32 and other flammable refrigerants during installation, servicing and operation.
It follows Toshiba’s announcement last year that it was switching to R32 for split and multi-split systems immediately, and for air-to-water heat pumps starting in mid-2019. The change is the result of the phase-down in use of widely used refrigerant R410A, which has a higher Global Warming Potential, under the F-Gas Regulations.
Our priority is to ensure the highest standards of safety for all Toshiba installations.
Toshiba is offering customers a contribution towards the cost of the one-day course, which is also available through its Rewards scheme, effectively making it available free to those enrolled on the scheme with sufficient points.
Toshiba has joined forces with industry training organisations Business Edge and the Practical Refrigeration Training Centre to offer the course in the south of England at Waterlooville and Tiverton, in the Midlands at Milton Keynes, and in the North at Burnley. The course is approved and validated by City & Guilds and Logic Certification.
The one-day programme covers safe handling of all A2L, A2 & A3 flammable refrigerants, and includes:
- The dangers of working with hydrocarbons, including health and safety requirements and identification of hazards;
- Regulations, codes of practice and industry recommendations for installation, servicing and maintaining and de-commissioning hydrocarbon systems;
- Properties of hydrocarbon refrigerants, their advantages and disadvantages and typical applications;
- Understanding the differences between halocarbon and hydrocarbon RAC systems, including identification of components and system features unique to hydrocarbon systems;
- How to plan and prepare for work on hydrocarbon RAC systems – risk assessments, appropriate tools and PPE, and establishment and maintenance of a safe area;
- Servicing and maintaining hydrocarbon RAC systems;
- Plus correct tools, leak testing, retro-fitting suitability, and safe charging, recovery, brazing, transportation and storage.