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Are you disposing of your F Gas correctly?

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With the Environment Agency campaign due to start, it is important that all Authorised Treatment Facilities are making sufficient preparations to make sure that their ELV depollution process is compliant with all environmental laws and regulations.

The EA have issued a statement stating that they will be focusing on the following issues:
  • the depollution process
  • the storage of wastes produced by the depollution process
  • fire prevention
  • hazardous waste consignment notes, consignee returns and record keeping
  • technical competence
  • Compliance with the F-Gas regulations

Unfortunately it has become more and more apparent that many ELV sites seemingly overlook many aspects of the ELV depollution process. Now that the campaign due to start in full force, ATFs will now be required to demonstrate that they are operating to their licence conditions and complying with the law.

One process that seems to be high on the agenda for the EA is the compliance of the removal and disposal of F Gas refrigerant gases from vehicle air conditioning units. It would appear, that over the years very little gas has been recycled and the EA are aware that many ATF’s have not been consigning waste in a correct and legal manner. The EA can quickly check this through the number of COD’s issued and vehicle manufacturers information relating to the quantities of fluids that should be in the vehicle.

The days of telling the local Environment Officer that the gas is reused or that they sell it to the garage down the road.... are over!. A full paper trail of evidence will be needed to prove how the waste is being disposed off. Sites will also need to provide proof that not only are they using the correct equipment in order to do the job but that the relevant operatives have all been formally trained ... all of which will be scrutinised by the Environment Agency.

Now is the time to prepare and make sure that correct procedures are put in place before the EA officers start knocking at the door. With F Gas disposal being high on the EA priority list, it is important to take action on this particular aspect but other depollution and storage processes will also fall under closer scrutiny.

AutoDrain provide a full package of Equipment, Training and in house F Gas disposal service, catered to recycling your refrigerant waste and helping you create a safe and legal method which is recorded on your personal AutoDrain recycling account. AutoDrain tell us that by disposing of your F Gas refrigerant waste with you will be fully compliant with the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, and insurance companies. All you need to do is fill out an F Gas recycling account to get yourself started, there are no rental fees, no contracts and no standing orders.

AutoDrain provide fully accredited IMI F Gas accreditation, which is a legal requirement for an operative who is removing refrigerant gas from End of Life Vehicles. Holding an F Gas certificate is not only a legal requirement, it will also help employees work in a safe and efficient manner when handling dangerous refrigerant gases. One important factor to consider when sourcing your training is to ensure that the training provider conducts the training and assessment under full exam conditions. AutoDrain tell us that they have heard of cases where operatives have received training on site and been issued with a certificate without taking an examination. Accrediting bodies have strict conditions that must be applied if training is delivered on site.

Should you be interested in creating an F Gas recycling account or would like further information on Autodrain's IMI Fgas course, then you can visit their website, contact Autodrain on 0113 2059332 or email them here.

April 2016

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