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Are you fully certified for air con recovery?

Autodrain air con training
Don't get caught out when there's training there to help you.
The Environment Agency is planning to launch a depollution ‘campaign’ later this year, with particular focus on air-con recovery and shock absorber depollution - are you fully trained and certified?

Since 2010 all vehicle dismantlers carrying out depollution activities are required to demonstrate that air-con gas recovery is being undertaken by trained and competent staff. The argument that ELVs don’t contain air-con gas is unlikely to be viewed favourably by the EA and they will expect to see equipment, training records, process details and evidence of recovery and disposal.

AutoDrain’s F Gas training has become a vital qualification that is needed for the everyday working of all Authorised Treatment Facilities. Please be aware that this is now a mandatory requirement for the depollution of all end of life vehicles, and as we previously mentioned, the EA are planning a campaign later this year.

Holding an F Gas certificate will considerably reduce the risk of being hit with any fines or prosecutions and will also help your employees work in a safe and efficient manner when handling dangerous refrigerant gases.

AutoDrain’s IMI accredited F Gas courses are held regularly but they only accept six places at a time so it’s important to organise it early. The cost of the course is £177 plus VAT and consists of a day’s training which involves theory based training, a short online test and a practical assessment which provides an IMI accreditation at the end of the course. You can find out more here.
And what about fuel - are you qualified to remove it?
Most of us know that petrol is a flammable substance, but just how dangerous petrol vapours can be is still something that not many of us fully understand. For example, did you know that one litre of petrol is enough to create 15,000 Litres of explosive petrol vapour? It only takes a single static electricity spark to cause a major explosion.

It is for this reason that AutoDrain is building upon its expertise within fuel recovery equipment for the dismantling and recovery industries, and by offering AutoDrain Fuel QAA (Quality Assured Award) qualification in the safe Recovery and Storage of Petrol. This course is vital for raising the awareness of the dangers that are involved when working with petrol and is aimed at anyone who regularly deals with draining a vehicle’s fuel tank, storing fuel on site or working with petrol in a vehicle in any way. Even if you have years of experience in dealing with petrol, the Fuel QAA qualification will refresh your knowledge and give you peace of mind in being able to confirm your competence for insurance and inspection purposes, and could potentially save lives. Again, you can find out more here.

August 2015

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