Caterers need to ensure they have systems in place to monitor refrigerant gases and gas leaks as new EC F-Gas regulations come into force this month warns http://www.refcom.org.uk" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Service-Line](http://www.servce-line.co.uk), a leading supplier of kitchen and refrigeration service and maintenance.
F gases are a family of dangerous fluorine-based greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Stationary refrigeration and air conditioning systems accounted for nearly 27% of UK emissions in 2005.
The regulations are intended to reduce leakage of the fluorinated gases during normal use and maintenance and to ensure they are safely reclaimed, recycled or destroyed when the appliance reaches the end of its life.
Service-Line has outlined caterers' key obligations under the regulations:
â- To keep appropriate records
â- To ensure the proper recovery of F gases for recycling, reclamation or destruction
â- To check equipment for leakage
It is urging caterers to seek help from their service companies, or to call Service-Line on 01438 363000
The table below shows the most common refrigerants in use that are affected by either the EC F Gas Regulations or the EC Ozone Regulations. A more detailed listing can be found on the [Defra - ](http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/fgas/documents/fgassupport-gen2.pdf)website.
More information is available from [Defra - ](http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/fgas)and from [Refcom, the body responsible for company certification for the regulations.