Cool Designs extols the virtues of zero tolerance on F-Gas.
Air-conditioning distributor Cool Designs Ltd, which operates from Sunderland, Warrington and Glasgow, refuses to sell air conditioning systems or spares to businesses that are not F-gas registered.
Managing director Darrel Birkett, says, “We believe that manufacturers, wholesalers and agents have a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that only those who are registered with Refcom, or equivalent certification bodies, are allowed to handle, install or repair their equipment.”
“As a matter of policy, we will not sell to any business that can’t provide evidence of being F-Gas registered, and I believe this should be a requirement by law.
“Our policy is not negatively affecting our sales – if anything, it’s marked us out as being committed to high professional standards.”
Mr Birkett also feels that it is the distributors and wholesalers who are ideally placed to help police and control the installation and handling of products containing refrigerants.
“While at the moment, legislation controls the purchase of refrigerants, we do not feel this goes far enough. Tighter control of the sale of products containing refrigerants should also be implemented. By putting more focus on the seller of the equipment this takes away a further burden from the contractor who already has the expense of their F-Gas certification.