ACRIBAir Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (UK)
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The organisers of the TCS&D Show are truly embracing the global awareness campaign, hosting a series of workshops from the I0R and ACRIB, and even live-streaming seminars internationally.
By presenting an ACRIB SKILLcard on-site, engineers can avoid the often time-consuming verifications of their suitability and capability, as the cards independently confirm that the holder has demonstrated competence in the handling of various refrigerants, as well as health and safety, and will display any additional relevant qualifications.
David Bostock, past ACRIB chairman who worked with SKILLcard to introduce this new initiative, commented: "The new ACRIB SKILLcard will combine the benefits of a single joint card scheme with more detailed information about the operative's qualifications in various refrigerants including carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon."
FSDF have been working over the last three years with the Institute of Refrigeration and ACRIB to develop an authoritative Guide for endorsement by the Health and Safety Executive.
These include re-alignment of the audit regime to three-yearly cycles for HVCA members and non-members; a fee structure banded according to business size; the introduction of annual, random desk-top inspections; retention of ACRIB membership or RAC (Blue/Gold) occupational Engineering Services SKILLcard; a publicly accessible website listing of Elite members, and Refcom Elite certificates and van stickers.
The outcome of this meeting has resulted in the FSDF Technical and Safety Committee agreeing to take the lead role in a working group set up by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) with the brief to produce a new industry code of practice that provides clear guidance regarding how to achieve compliance with DSEAR/ATEX for complete refrigeration systems that are charged with ammonia.
The UK Government has decided not to introduce an individual registration scheme along the line of the existing ACRIB Register, at present.