As warmer weather approaches, it’s important to consider if your facility is prepared. One sure fire way of keeping your staff and customers happy and comfortable in your facility, is a functioning air conditioning system. But did you know that your air conditioning unit is subject to compliance laws and legislations, and failure to comply can land you with a hefty fine, or even a day in court.
What is Air Conditioning Compliance?
There are a number of regulations that a business must comply with, all mandated under different directives. For example, The European Union’s F-gas Regulation states that every air conditioning system over 3kg must undertake a regular inspection programme. The regularity of this programme depends on the size of your system:
- Over 3kg Refrigerant – 12 months
- Over 30kg Refrigerant – 6 months
- Over 300kgs Refrigerant – 3 months
Similarly, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive specifies that air conditioning systems, of 12kW and above, must have a regular energy inspection programmes in place. These inspections not only give you legal compliance but also highlight any problems within your system, and any areas which may need improvement to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy costs.
There is also the R22 Phase Out, a legal directive that states that as of the 31st December 2014, it is against the law to use recycled R22 (a hydrochlorofluorocarbon which was commonly used in air conditioning systems). R22 is a potent greenhouse gas, so this legislation was introduced to reduce this harmful toxin. As a business, to understand your responsibilities about R22 contact MSL.
Whilst these regulations may seem extensive, they have been introduced to ensure that your business, staff and customers are safe. Mandatory inspections mean your systems are regularly examined and maintained, meaning that your workplace is safe, your equipment is less likely to encounter any issues / breakages, and your energy bills are lowered.
How We Can Help
At MSL, our comprehensive maintenance programmes mean that we can design, carry out and manage your maintenance schedule ensuring that every aspect of your facility is compliant. Our highly skilled team have a full knowledge of UK health and safety legislation, meaning that you are in safe hands. Our maintenance management system also means you have a complete 360 view of all compliance maintenance task that is being completed, giving you total transparency of our work.
To discuss our compliance maintenance programme, please call us on 0333 1234450.