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Responsible Refrigeration No 73

With the now ever increasing use of flammable refrigerants Practitioners must be very aware of the safety requirements when working on refrigeration units using these gases. This was mentioned in a previous article, I wonder who took the time to read this and absorb and understand the dangers. We’ve been…

Responsible Refrigeration No 72

On May 9, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Previously we talked about the flammable refrigerants like R-290 and R-600a which are classified as group A3. R-32 is classified as group A2L with only lower flammability. The “A” designates a refrigerant with a lower toxicity at an occupational exposure limit (OEL) of 400 ppm or greater. The “B” designation…

Responsible Refrigeration No 71

On May 6, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, By , With No Comments

Refrigeration equipment and air-conditioning units using low to medium global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, such as R290 which is a propane or R600a an iso-butane and HFC-32 a methylene fluoride refrigerant are becoming more common. The refrigeration and air conditioning market in South Africa is changing and this is globally…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 71

On February 17, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 71

Refrigeration equipment and air-conditioning units using low to medium global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, such as R290 which is a propane or R600a an iso-butane and HFC-32 a methylene fluoride refrigerant are becoming more common. The refrigeration and air conditioning market in South Africa is changing and this is globally…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 70

On February 17, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 70

It has always puzzled me as to how different service companies organise their maintenance and repair contract work. What constitutes a good service technician, whether it be routine service work such filter cleaning or general plant or unit cleaning and monitoring or a breakdown? Another side of service work is…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 69

On February 10, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 69

Since the start of registrations with ACRICSA in the early 2000s a selected group of Unit Standard were used for training in the Safe Handling of Refrigerants. The registration then became a legal requirement with the publication of the Pressure Equipment Regulations in 2009. The Unit Standards have endured the…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 68

On February 1, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 68

There is often the mistaken impression that SARACCA is the authority providing the registration certification for authorised refrigerant gas practitioners. The fact is that SAQCC gas is the registering authority on a mandate from the Department of Employment and Labour. This mandate is provided to SAQCC Gas and to the…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 67

On January 31, 2022, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 67

This month I am not talking about Refrigeration and the competencies required for working in that field and the safe handling of refrigerant gases. What we need to consider as part of the installation of air conditioning is fresh air and ventilation in this crisis of COVID-19. There are two…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 66

On December 2, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 66

This year SARACCA embarked on a process to recognise Skills Development Providers who meet a minimum set of requirements. This was done to bring uniformity to the training of the safe handling of refrigerants toward the registration of Authorised Refrigeration Gas Practitioners with SAQCC Gas. This duty is given to…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 65

On December 2, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With Comments Off on Responsible Refrigeration Article 65

There is a lot of talk about recovery of refrigerant from an air conditioning units or refrigeration plants. But what does it means? Refrigerants are an important part of the cooling in air conditioning and refrigeration as part of the heat transfer process. The important need to recover the refrigerant…

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