I said it before "What is the difference between Brexit and Flammables?" and the answer is still the same, confusion!! Brexit will not burn or kill, but Flammables might!
The reason for recounting is a joke "was subject to a recount owing to Malaysian representatives having their vote rejected for failing to provide a required justification statement to support their decision"
Are we serious?
This is Safety at its lowest performance folks.
Don't we think, that who ever is playing the environmental game, have the decency, care or the balls to display a clear warning signs on their flammable products! AND make sure end users and operators aware that what they have in their home, office, restaurant, school, hospital, computer rooms, etc equipment ( refrigerator etc or AC unit) that have FLAMMABLE substances ? and clear visible signs not HIDDEN ? why not? Why doesn't the IEC doesn't insist that clear warning signs should be displayed ? Surely they know that there are extra risks?. Don't treat engineers and endusers as sheep!. There are more ways to skin a cat ;). Neil Afram
Looking at the air conditioning industry and the roller-coasting of R32 in the absence of clear understanding of what we are dealing with, misusing F-Gas regulations guidelines, a clear worldwide vision regarding LGWP alternatives are the real reason why IEC have rejected the proposal.
Everybody at the top is playing politics with the safety duties towards engineers and consumers, As an example, all manufacturers are pushing R32 (in Europe) using the ban parameters set by F-Gas as an excuse? The ban for less than 3 kg SYSTEM Charge SPLITS (not Multi splits) is from 1st January 2025 NOT 2020, that is 4/5 years from now? FETA & HSE confirmed that A2L is viewed as highly Flammable product and a safety assessment is required every time it's used. 46,000 or so engineers (in the UK) would need to be aware of the risk to their safety. Products should appropriately display warning signs on literature and technical manuals. Environmental claims must not compromise safety. Neil Afram
Excellent guidelines. Hopefully will be taken seriously by all sectors to ensure that the installer (blamed if it goes wrong !) gets the confidence and the security to execute his duties.
Manufacturers have the biggest responsibility to ensure their products display the correct precautions for their R32 products.
F-Gas regulation is the most important tool to protect the environment and safety and should not be used as a commercial political threat tool. Well done FETA / HSE & Institute of Refrigeration. Neil Afram
Comment on: Defra to step up UK F-Gas enforcement action
How can we stop illegal trade on something legal to use? need to use? no safety guidelines or building regulation for so-called LGWP?
Installers and end users are to blame?
Europe is being used (again) as a guinea pig testing grounds between South East Asia and the North Americas? while the rest of the world still uses HCFC22? and until 2030!!!!. We can handle the best of both worlds? Neil Afram
EU or anybody cannot have teeth for law enforcement ! when there are no bones to hold them. The reason for illegal actions is customers demand solution to there working problems while politicians dream! and manufacturers use their ignorance by changing refrigerants on the pretense of low GWP but not covering the safety and regulations or I should say the absence of safety & regulations!
If my understanding is right (I was part of the F-Gas regulation team when it was conceived) F-Gas Regulations has nothing to do with quota ?! it is to do with competency and qualification to handle A1 (circa 46000 engineers mainly AC), A2 (circa 3000? mainly Refrigeration) and A3 (circa1000? mainly refrigeration) to safely and environmentally handle refrigerant.
F-Gas has nothing to do with Europe or UK or any country. It is engineering guideline and standards for any person who touches a "Carnot cycle " refrigeration cycle where ever it exists.
It is a driving license for current vehicles that passed health & safety standards and country road standards !!. Neil Afram