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BESA conference to include cooling compliance reform focus

Several sessions at November’s BESA National Conference will determine how major legislative and technical changes will impact how cooling systems are designed, operated and maintained

Challenges posed by changes to product labelling that will impact refrigerants, as well as upheaval facing the cooling sector due to climate change, will be among key topics at the upcoming BESA National Conference.

Speakers from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and BESA’s own refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump group will be speaking at the event taking place on November 21 at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel.

Graeme Fox, head of REFCOM will chair a seminar looking at supply problems, safety concerns and the impact on refrigerant prices as a result of EU F-Gas regulation that is seeking to phase-out and curb use of gases with higher global warming potential that have been industry staples.

Mr Fox will consider how changing F-Gas requirements over the next few years will impact how systems are designed, installed and maintained, as well as how the market for cooling solutions will need to adapt.

BESA said that another sessions with major implications for cooling solution manufacturers and engineers will be a look at reforms of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR).

The organisation added, “Changes to the classification and labelling of products regulations means that all compressed gases and, therefore all refrigerants, are now classified as ‘hazardous products’. In the past, only flammable refrigerants were subject to the regulations.”

BESA noted that a larger number of contractors using these substances will be expected to undertaker DSEAR risk assessments to limit possible dangers, with enforcement of these standards managed by local authorities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Guidance from IOR technical committee chair David Paget will be provided at the conference around Point of Use Risk Assessments (POWRA) to ensure contractor compliance with the new safety requirements.

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