EPA Section 608 changes for 2018!! Effective January 1, 2018 new regulations impacting the way refrigerants are handled and sold go into effect.
HFC and HFO refrigerants are now included in the sales restriction. These refrigerants may only be sold technicians certified under Section 608 and Section 609 of the Federal Clean Air Act.
Employers must require proof of certification for technicians and must maintain a copy of their certification at their place of business for three years after a certified individual leaves the employer.
New record keeping requirements for appliances containing 5 to 50 pounds of refrigerant become effective. Technicians must keep records of; the location, date of recovery, and type of refrigerant recovered for each disposed appliance, the quantity of refrigerant by type recovered from disposed appliances in each calendar month. In addition, the quantity of refrigerant, and type, transferred for reclamation or destruction, the person to whom it was transferred, and the date of the transfer.
All requirements for the maintenance, service, repair and disposal of CFC and HCFC are extended to HFC and HFO refrigerants.
The EPA requires new wording on certification cards issued January 1, 2018 and beyond. As a result, any new and replacement cards will have a new look.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
I was certified prior to 2018. Do I have to retake the CFC exam to remain valid?
NO. Cards issued prior to January 1, 2018 remain valid. There is no need to retake the exam.
I don’t have a Section 608 or Section 609 CFC card but used to purchase HFO refrigerants from Rogers. Do I have to have a CFC card now?
YES. To purchase CFC, HCFC, HFC, and HFO refrigerants, you must have a Section 608 or Section 609 CFC card.
Since the EPA requires new wording on the CFC cards. Do I have to purchase a new CFC card to replace my old card?
NO. Your card is “Grandfathered” in. You do not have to purchase a replacement card. Once your old card is destroyed or lost, you will purchase a new CFC card (cost is around $15) that will have the new look and wording.
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