Ammonia Compliance was the focus of Star Refrigeration's group managing director, Dr Andy Pearson, at the International Congress of Refrigeration in Yokohama, Japan last week.
“Being a platinum sponsor and participating in the International Congress of Refrigeration is an honour for Star and helps reinforce our standing as a provider of industrial refrigeration solutions.”
He noted that ammonia is rarely ignited and that it is virtually unheard of in systems which comply with European standards. Dr Pearson provided an overview on the legal framework including regulation requirements from the ATEX directive 94/9/EC. In the UK, this is included in the Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (2002), known as DSEAR.
His presentation also included hazard analysis procedures for a new installation and the difficulties with EN60079, the hazardous areas risk assessment standard.
Dr Pearson also pointed out a new approach to using software to model potential ammonia releases, including zoning requirements. He also included practical examples for zoning for various ammonia plants.
Other speakers presented papers and provided workshops on “Risk Assessment of Flammable Refrigerants”, and “Pioneering challenge on Thermodynamic Properties Research on Refrigerants.”