Hungarian approach to training, certification & leakage checking
Certification/qualification system of personnel and companies in Hungaryand some thoughts on HCFC market by Attila Zoltán, HMCB Mr. Róbert Tóth Ministry of Rural Development
Main EU legislation• Regulation 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on the substances that deplete the ozone layer• Regulation 842/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on certain fluorinated gases
F-gas reg. Article 5 on Training and certification• 1. By 4 July 2007, on the basis of information received from MSs and in consultation with the relevant sectors, minimum requirements and the conditions for mutual recognition shall be established … in respect of training programmes and certification for both the companies and the relevant personnel involved in installation, maintenance or servicing of the equipment and systems covered by Article 3(1) as well as for the personnel involved in the activities provided for in Articles 3 and 4.
Certification for personnel• In sectors:RACHPFire protectionHigh-voltage switchgearsEquipment containing F-gas-based solvents
Certification for companies• In sectors:RACHPFire protection
December 2007-April 2008 10 Commission Regulations• 1493/2007 on the format for the report• 1494/2007 on the form of labels• 1497/2007 on the leakage checking req. for the stationary fire prot. systems• 1516/2007 on the leakage checking req. for the stationary RACHP
• 303/2008 on the min. req. for certification in RACHP• 304/2008 on the min. req. for certification in fire protection• 305/2008 on the min. req. for certification in high-voltage switchgear• 306/2008 on the min. req. for certification in solvents• 307/2008 on the min. req. for certification in MAC• 308/2008 on the format for notification
Personnel certification in RACHP• Over 8000 persons certified by HRACA, about 2500 p. in the new MCB-system• The MAC sector has been involved (VI - MHL-I, VII - MHL-II [< 3 kg])• Interim certificates by the Association, then from 4th July, 2009 by the MCB• Independent Assessment Bodies for all categories – agreement with MCB
Personnel certificationAccording to the F-gas Regulation: – E-learning up to 600 tasks differentiated by categories – Internet-based test examination, 2 hours – Theoretical/practical assessment, 1-2 day(s) – 7 training schools equipped with additional tools• Certification are valid for 5 years• MCB IT system for all, from registration up to Certificate!
Personnel certification• Interim (Updated) card with hologram,• Interim categories based on old HRACA and final F-gas system (B – B-I, C – C-II, E – MAC VII)• Final categories by 303/2008/EC, plus MAC VI, MAC VII• New F-gas card, ID by barcode• Everything is in the Body’s IT system
Company certification• Intermediate solution (HRACA&MCB) – Registration at the authorities - hazardous waste – Self-audit, declaration about the acceptance of MCB’s criteria – Immediate registration, validity 30 days to be able to buy refrigerant after 4th of July, 2009
Company certification, criteriaFinal certification by auditing (start 2011), based on – Compliance with legal requirements – Refrigerant report properly made, – Technical infrastructure, list of minimum tools, – Job-processes descriptions, administration, – And the data of IT system itself!! – Certified personnel, employed + IT registered
Company certification, registration• 1700 certified companies in the RACHP• The MAC sector has been involved (VI, VII): over 400 service-stations• All stakeholders are in the system: e.g. 64 trade companies (wholesalers, redistributors)• Transitional certificates by the Association, then from 4th July, 2009 by the MCB• Interim control by IT
Company certification, registrationHLH- I, HLH-II -stationaryMAC-I, MAC-II- mobileHLH – IV – operators’leak-checkerRefrigerant dealer -dir.-indirectK – outside HUKF – R&DManufacturerR – reclaimingS – disposalBT – applicationoperator Környezetvédelmi Felügyelőségek Fórum– KvVM 2009. szeptember 30.
Hungarian Monitoring and Certification BodyYou can read more in the leaflets, or do contact: HLH-Monitoring Nonprofit Kft. Petzvál József utca 31-33., H-1119 Budapest, Hungary www.hlhmonitoring.hu General Manager: Mr. Attila Zoltán firstname.lastname@example.org t/fax: +36-1-224-0150
A bit different topic: HCFC issuesAlways more rumours and facts can be heard and seen, that the refrigeration technicians Europe-wide use instead of reclaimed HCFC or retrofit-procedure the R422D (HFC blend) as added refrigerant.Is it a transitional solution ”to keep in life” leaking refrigeration systems charged with HCFC(R22) ????
HCFC issuesMy future frequently asked questions to be answered are:• Is this method an acceptable, long term (eventually experimentally proofed?) solution by the manufacturers of: – compressors&components, – refrigerants&oils – joints, seals,... – any other institute?
HCFC issues• What about the changes of COP/EER/secure and reliable operation originating from the always changing proportion of “onsite-manufactured-blend” ?
HCFC issues• What about handling of the “onsite-blends”, – can those be used as recovered materials in other systems (as 1005/2009/EC declares?!) only by the operator, certified companies, – or those have to be destroyed?
HCFC issues• Under which regulation(s) do these blends belong to, and – what is the frequency of the standard leakage checking, – does the operator have to install leak detecting system?
HCFC issues• Does any official opinion and statement by DG Environment/Climate in relation of this method already exist?
HCFC issues• Should it be an acceptable solution for systems after 31/12/2014? If yes, are there any indications of this arrangement in F-gas regulation review?
HCFC issues• Until now our practice and monitoring system haven’t allowed, accepted and dealt with “on-site-preparations” (except for accidental fatal errors of the craftsmen). Do we have to change our mind?
HCFC issuesPlease try to answer all of these questions!!
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