Time’s up on F-Gas

London, UK:  The deadline for registration of engineers under the F-Gas Regulation passed last month. This means that engineers and technicians without the relevant qualifications cannot work on systems containing F-Gas refrigerants.

The UK government estimates that there were still around 20,000 engineers without a full qualification (City and Guilds 2079 or the CITB J11-14) when the deadline for registration passed on July 4. This means that their employers will be committing an offence if any of them work on RAC equipment containing F gas refrigerants.

However, engineers without a full qualification can work on refrigeration systems containing F Gas refrigerants as a trainee working under the supervision of a qualified engineer.

Refrigerant handlers who do not hold an F Gas qualification can make use of the temporary training exemption in Reg 20(3) of the GB F gas Regulation (SI 261/2009). Trainees may undertake qualifying work, but only if they are enrolled in a training course for the purpose of obtaining a qualification covering the relevant activity and they carry out the activity under the supervision of a person holding a valid qualification covering this activity.