Safe use of HCFC alternatives in refrigeration and air-conditioning

When refrigeration and air conditioning equipment is installed, serviced, repaired and dismantled, safety issues need to be carefully evaluated and considered particularly when servicing technicians have to deal with refrigerants with properties that they were previously not familiar with. It is therefore important that the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry adapts to both the technical and safety issues concerning these refrigerants.

This publication provides an overview of the alternatives to HCFCs, their general characteristics and the situations in which they may considered appropriate to be used in the context of the safety implications posed by these refrigerants.

Specific information is provided on flammable, higher toxicity and higher pressure alternatives to better understand how such alternatives may be used and the measures which should be considered to assist the industry to implement them in a safe and appropriate manner. …

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