BELGIUM: AREA, the European contractors’ association, has produced a guide to the European safety and environmental standard EN 378.
The free-to-download guide introduces EN 378 to those responsible for refrigeration systems and heat pumps, and especially to refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors.
EN 378 relates to safety and environmental requirements in the design, manufacture, construction, installation, operation, maintenance, repair and disposal of refrigerating systems and appliances regarding local and global environments.
The standard is seen as an important source of information which if followed can increase the level of safety of refrigeration installations and help prevent accidents. For all refrigerants there are risks associated with pressure, fire or explosion hazard, or toxicity; this means that both professionals and the public can be compromised if best practices are not followed. The booklet therefore focuses on important points related to the safe use of refrigerants.
The new booklet can be downloaded here.