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16 September 2019
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Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox
The 2019 BESA National Conference will feature two key sessions for building engineering contractors linked to the future of cooling.

The one-day conference, Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice, held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21, will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it now faces.
The refrigeration and air conditioning sector is confronted by a raft of challenges and speakers from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and BESA’s Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump group will take part in a session hosted by REFCOM.

The speakers will outline how the sector must respond to the current change driven by legislation and concerns about global warming that has led to supply problems, safety concerns and significant price rises in the refrigerant gas market.

Chaired by Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox, the seminar will consider the implications for system design, installation and maintenance – and look ahead at the impact of the F-Gas phase down on future product selection.

This will be followed by a health and safety seminar on the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR). Changes to the Classification and Labelling of Products regulations means that all compressed gases, therefore all refrigerants, are now classified as ‘hazardous products’. In the past, only flammable refrigerants were subject to the regulations.

As a result, more contractors must now carry out DSEAR risk assessments to help reduce the risk of fatality or serious injury in the workplace. This is enforced by local authorities and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

David Paget of Lloyd's Insurance, who chairs the Institute of Refrigeration technical committee, will present new guidance and explain Point of Use Risk Assessments (POWRA), designed to help contractors comply and meet their legal obligations.
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