UNEP produces refrigerant safety guides

With the advancing worldwide phase out of HCFCs, UNEP’s OzonAction Division of Technology has produced a factsheet (in English and Russian languages) on the safe use of the new alternatives.

Many countries, particularly the developing countries, will soon be using the newer alternatives which possess very different toxicity, flammability or higher pressure characteristics to R22.

Safety issues need to be carefully evaluated and considered whenever refrigeration and air conditioning equipment is installed, serviced, repaired and dismantled. Many service technicians around the world will be unfamiliar with some of the properties of these new refrigerants, which is where these new guides come in.

Three separate factsheets cover the topics of toxicity, flammability and higher pressures.

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