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UK: Mandatory checks of equipment under the F-gas regulations must continue despite the lockdown restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 crisis, according to the UK’s main F-Gas register REFCOM.

May 6, 2020 By ACI Reports | Category: F GAS R22 HFCs

Refrigeration and air conditioning engineers are also being urged to renew any expiring F-gas registrations during the lockdown so they can continue carrying out this vital work.

Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox said clients must be reminded of their legal obligations to let scheduled testing and checks go ahead. However, he said engineers would not be held accountable if a client refused to allow access to their site so long as they kept a record.

“Make sure you have your own copy of the F-gas logbook for the equipment in question,” he told the daily COVID-19 update webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) which manages REFCOM. “You should also note that you will attend to the work as soon as it is possible and safe to do so,” Fox added. He also confirmed that F-gas registration renewals would continue during the lockdown period despite the closure of training centres, which was making it difficult for engineers to update their qualifications.

May 2020
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