As a benefit to our customers, we provide assistance with meeting the EPA, AQMD and OSHA compliance demands. We do this by keeping our clients informed of the continuing changes to the evolving safety and environmental requirements. Our technicians are EPA certified and receive continuous safety and environmental training. C&L Refrigeration takes the complications out of compliance with the following:TITLE 24 | www.energy.ca.gov/title24
The California Energy Commission will enforce the new 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) for Refrigerated Warehouses submitted for permit on and after January 1, 2010. It will affect refrigerated space greater than 3,000 square feet and room temperatures of 55°F and lower. One of the reasons for the new Title 24 is to respond to Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which mandates that California must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.AQMD | www.aqmd.gov
AQMD Rule 1415 Reduction of Refrigerant Emissions from Stationary Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems require owners and operators of stationary refrigeration systems holding more than 50 pounds of a CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) or HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon) refrigerant must submit a Registration Plan for the entire facility to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) by January 1, 1996, and every two years thereafter.ARB | www.arb.ca.gov/cc/reftrack/reftrack.htm
Air Resources Board (ARB) in California is working on the upcoming Refrigerant Management Program from the state level. The Refrigerant Management Program is a regulatory proposal to require specific best management practices to reduce emissions of refrigerant from non-residential refrigeration systems. The proposal includes provisions similar to current federal and local regulations in effect specific to ozone-depleting substances (ODS) refrigerants and extends requirements to ODS refrigerants substitutes. The proposed regulation will affect any person who owns or operates a facility with a stationary, non-residential refrigeration system using more than 50 pounds of a high-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, services any appliance using a high-GWP refrigerant, or distributes or reclaims a high-GWP refrigerant.HAZWOPER | www.osha.gov/html/faq-hazwoper.html
The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances, including hazardous waste, and who are engaged in one of the clean up or emergency response operations for releases of hazardous substances.EPA | www.epa.gov
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the certification for technicians performing maintenance on equipment for air conditioning and heating, and refrigeration systems. There are regulations such as how to properly evacuate air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment to established vacuum levels when opening the equipment for maintenance, service, repair, or disposal.OSHA | www.osha.gov/
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor. It was created by Congress of the United States under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Its mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and occupational fatality by issuing and enforcing rules called standards for workplace safety and health. OSHA has established many regulations for the storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia and other highly hazardous chemicals. It also regulates safety at work places and construction practices.Cal/OSHA | www.dir.ca.gov/dosh
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) enforces the U.S. state of California's occupational and public safety laws and provides information and consultative assistance to employers, workers, and the public regarding workplace safety and health issues.TSA/TWIC | www.tsa.gov/index.shtm
The Transportation Security Administration formed immediately following the tragedies of Sept. 11. The agency is a component of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for security of the nation's transportation systems. The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a vital security measure that will ensure individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation's maritime transportation system.RMP/(CalARP) California Accidental Release Prevention/ PSM
There are several environmental, health, and safety regulations the ammonia refrigeration industry must comply with. These regulations include the following: Under 10,000 pounds of ammonia charge: Risk Management Program (RMP) per CFR Title 40, Part 68, Accidental Release Prevention Requirements under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r). The Clean Air Act required EPA to promulgate regulations to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances and reduce the severity of those releases that might occur. Stationary sources covered by these regulations must develop and implement a RMP that includes a hazard assessment (off-site consequence analysis) and an emergency response program that must be registered with EPA. Note: CFR is the Code of Federal Regulations. California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP) per CCR Title 19, Division 2, Chapter 4.5.
California regulations adopted the Federal EPA RMP and replaced California's original Risk Management and Prevention Program (RMPP) regulations. Facilities that have an RMPP in place must continue to maintain and implement the RMPP until a written request is made by the local Administering Ageny (AA). For new facilities, the threshold for CalARP requirement is when the refrigerant charge is greater than 500 pounds of ammonia. Note: CCR is the California Code of Regulations. At or above 10,000 pounds of ammonia charge: Process Safety Management (PSM) of acutely hazardous materials must comply with CCR Title 8, Section 5189. It was developed to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable, and explosive chemicals. OSHA has issued the PSM regulations under 29 CFR 1910.119 as an intend to reduce the risks to which on-site employees are exposed.