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Toshiba Air Conditioning unveils UK flammables training programme

A new one-day training programme will be held across the UK to train installers on handling a range of flammable products on the back of the company’s shift to R32

Toshiba Air Conditioning will be hosting a series of training events this year for installers focused on handling R32 and other flammable refrigerant. 

A specially commissioned Flammable Refrigerant Training Programme that was first held in Milton Keynes on October 26 , 2018, will now be rolled out across the country over the course of 2019.

The one-day training programme, which has been approved and validated by City & Guilds and Logic Certification, will cover requirements for the safe handling of refrigerant with different classifications of flammability to meet an anticipated growth in demand from the cooling industry.

The company said, “R32 is classed as an A2L refrigerant and is lower in flammability than A2 and A3 refrigerants, such as propane. However, under UK health and safety law and transport regulations, R32 is still considered flammable and the distinction between A2L and A2/A3 refrigerants is not recognised.”

Future courses are presently scheduled for Tiverton, Waterlooville and Milton Keynes up to December. The courses have been announced to build on the company’s decision to switch to the lower flammability refrigerant R32 for use in its multi-split air conditioning systems.

Toshiba Air Conditioning said it is also committed to use the gas in its air-to-water heat pumps by the summer as a replacement for the higher GWP product R410A.

Toshiba Air Conditioning said the training programme would ensure installers and service companies had the required knowledge and experience to handle R32 and gasses with some level of flammability safely.

He said, “Our priority is to ensure the highest standards of safety for all Toshiba installations and the Flammable Refrigerant Training Programme will help to ensure a successful and safe transition to this new class of refrigerants.”

The total cost to take part in the programme is £325. However, Toshiba said that it has partly subsidised these costs for its registered customers so that they only have to pay £200, with further reductions available through the company’s reward scheme that is accumulated through equipment purchases.

The courses are scheduled for the following dates and locations in 2019:

  • Tiverton: April 18 and August 9
  • Waterlooville: April 11, June 27 and October 24
  • Milton Keynes: March 21, May 23, August 1, October 3 and December 5

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