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Responsible Refrigeration Article 48

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Many registered Practitioners are often faced with a dilemma when called out to an installation whether it be a refrigeration plant or refrigeration associated with air conditioning. The plant is in a poor state and at some point in its life has been ‘butchered’ making it seriously compromised. The inspection…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 39

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

We all wonder where the refrigeration and air conditioning industry is going with regard to the Phase-out of refrigerant gases. After regulations on ozone depleting CFC’s and HCFC’s, alternative refrigerants such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have seen new resistance due to Global Warming. In October 2016 the Kigali Amendment to the…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 42

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Based on the latest registration numbers the progress in new registrations is encouraging, but the rate of renewals over the months of February March and April is disappointing. Out of 300 possible forecast of renewals only 77 practitioners have renewed their registration with SAQCC Gas. While the total number of…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 41

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

Certificates of Conformity (CoC) are an essential part of the Pressure Equipment Regulations. There is an onus on a registered practitioner to issue a CoC for new installations, repairs and maintenance of a refrigeration system or air conditioning unit. The Regulations also require a Certificate of Manufacture where pressure vessels…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 40

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

A user of refrigeration and air conditioning has duties and responsibilities to ensure that the pressure equipment is operated and maintained within its design and operating parameters under Regulation 6 of the Pressure Equipment Regulations. A refrigeration system forming part of an air conditioning plant or unit is regarded as…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 38

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

The Practitioners who are competent and validly registered to comply with the Pressure Equipment Regulations and South African National Standards on refrigeration must feel aggrieved that there are so many installers and mechanics who flout and ignore the regulations. I was recently told that the assessed number of installers doing…

Responsible Refrigeration Article 34

On February 25, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

The legal requirement to provide a Certificate of Conformity after completing a refrigeration and /or air conditioning installation is being ignored by many contractors and their installers. This is because many practitioners are not registered as Authorised Refrigeration Gas Practitioners and the contractors who employ them opt to ignore the…

Responsible Refrigeration number 67

On February 11, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

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 number 66

On February 11, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

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 number 65

On February 11, 2021, Posted by , In Director's Column, With No Comments

There is a lot of talk about the recovery of refrigerant from 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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