New training programme prepares installers for R32 switch
Following the announcement of Toshiba Air Conditioning’s switching to the R32 refrigerant system last year, the company has introduced a new training programme for installers. Toshiba changed to the R32 for use in split and multi-split air conditioning systems due to the phase-down of R410A, which has a higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) under the F-Gas Regulations.
R32 is classed as an A2L refrigerant and is lower in flammability than A2 and A3 refrigerants, such as propane. However, under UK health and safety law and transport regulations, R32 is still considered flammable and the distinction between A2L and A2/A3 refrigerants is not recognised.
For this reason, the ‘Flammable Refrigerant Training Programme’ is designed to ensure safe handling of the new system and the A2L and A2/A3 refrigerants, during installation, servicing and ongoing operations.
The one-day programme covers safe handling of all A2L, A2 & A3 flammable refrigerants, and guidance on many areas of interest. These include: health and safety requirements, industry recommendations, regulations, identification of components and system features unique to hydrocarbon systems and how to best use the systems.
Neil Hitching, sales director of Toshiba Air Conditioning, says: "Our priority is to ensure the highest standards of safety for all Toshiba installations. The Flammable Refrigerant Training Programme will help to ensure a successful and safe transition to this new class of refrigerants.”
Toshiba is offering customers a contribution towards the cost of the course, which is also available through its Rewards scheme, effectively making it available free to those enrolled on the scheme with sufficient points
Toshiba has also joined forces with industry training organisations Business Edge and the Practical Refrigeration Training Centre, which will offer the course in the south of England at Waterlooville and Tiverton, in the midlands at Milton Keynes, and in the North at Burnley. The course is approved and validated by City & Guilds and Logic Certification.