F-Gas Support gives invaluable advice on complying with the Regulations
The Regulator has been approaching rac contractors that it suspects should hold a Company Certificate. They are asked either to gain the Certificate as soon as possible or to prove that these requirements do not apply to them.
The EC F-Gas Regulation requires companies to hold a Company Certificate if they are undertaking installation or maintenance/servicing of stationary rac equipment that contains, or is designed to contain, F-gas refrigerants. To gain this, an organisation needs to make a statement that it meets certain criteria, including employing personnel with suitable F-gas qualifications and having appropriate equipment and procedures. A ‘Company’ in this context refers to any organisation, including sole traders, that employ personnel to undertake these activities. This includes end users if they carry out work in-house.
If a company uses subcontractors to deliver all such work on its behalf, they do not require a Company Certificate, but they must ensure their sub-contractors are appropriately certificated.
Some examples of the response to this regulatory intervention were as follows:
Company C, a small business was aware of the requirements and provided the details of their sole subcontractor, who had a valid interim Company Certificate and was aware of the July deadline to gain a full Certificate.
Company D, a sole trader, received a letter from the regulator to ask about his Company Certification status. He did not have one and said he believed that no one in the industry would be complying, due to the lack enforcement activity. It was pointed out to him that the request was itself regulatory activity. It was also suggested that many other businesses were taking it seriously.
Company E, a small business, thought they had complied with the requirements as all their engineers had gained individual F gas qualifications and were shocked to find out that they were committing an offence by not holding a Company Certificate.
Company F is a business whose website said that they installed ‘refrigeration systems’. As they did not hold a Company Certificate the regulator was interested to know more. The company was contacted and they explained they only build the fabric of a cold store and neither install the refrigeration pipework or sub-contract such work.
As a result of these regulatory activities:
Company C’s subcontractor sent a scanned copy of his Company Certificate to the regulator and ensured that all those he subcontracts for also have a copy.
Company D now appreciates the requirement to hold a Company Certificate and has since made his clients aware that he is now complying with the F-Gas Regulation.
Company E quickly took action to gain a Company Certificate.
Company F satisfied the regulator that they did not require a Company Certificate for any of their activities.
The regulator continues to follow-up on organisations it suspects should hold a Company Certificate. To date, 38 per cent of those not holding a Company Certificate should have held one and these organisations have been required to gain the full Certificate.
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