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Call for supply chain to embrace training

Trainer and consultant Business Edge has added its voice to those who believe that the forthcoming F-Gas regulations will put pressure on the whole supply chain and engineers in particular.

The company, which runs both City and Guilds and ConstructionSkills F-Gas courses, is holding a series of seminars to discuss the changes.

The company said: “The contractor will have to change the way they perform a variety of activities for their customers, including frequency and size of equipment required to be leak checked. The requirement for leak checking is no longer determined by the mass of refrigerant but by the CO2 equivalent. Until manufacturers change the way their equipment is labelled, and existing equipment is relabelled (by 2017 at the latest), the requirement can be difficult
to interpret.”

The firm, whose ConstructionSkills F-gas qualifications require renewal every five years, said that engineers should see the renewal assessment as an opportunity to update their knowledge.

 “Contrary to the quote from ACRIB, our experience is that will not be ‘to the ‘relief of 30,000 engineers that they do not have to be reassessed’ – the majority of the engineers that have undertaken re-assessment have expressed relief for the update in their knowledge of the regulations, allowing them to communicate the changes to their customers,” the firm said.

The company is collaborating with ConstructionSkills, Refcom, Worcester Bosch, Bitzer and the European Association for Brazing and Soldering, on two seminars to highlight the impact of the regulations. The first seminar will be on the 1 October in Wakefield and the second is on 7 October in Milton Keynes.

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