Refrig industry beefs up training

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The Refrigeration Air Conditioning Companies Association (RACCA) suggests homeowners and businesses undertaking any refrigeration or air conditioning work seek the advice of an authorised RACCA company.

The industry body made the suggestion in a media release following the sentencing of Mobile Refrigeration Specialists, Icepak Coolstores and its managing director Wayne Grattan in the Hamilton District Court last week on charges arising from the Icepak Coolstores April 2008 explosion which killed Hamilton fireman Derek Lovell and seriously injured seven others.

RACCA Chairman Wally McCrory said RACCA was working with its members to ensure they were trained and skilled in dealing with all types of refrigeration and air conditioning risks and operational issues.

“We are working to introduce a self regulated licensing system that will identify engineers as safe and competent users of refrigerant and refrigeration equipment,” he said.

“We have also been working with other industry bodies to formulate additional industry training and skill development within the wider refrigeration and air conditioning industries.”

RACCA asks that all refrigeration and air conditioning work is carried out by an authorised RACCA company. “Or, if you are using a single operator, please ensure that they have the relevant skills and qualifications to complete the work required in a competent and safe manner.

“Something as simple as servicing an air conditioning unit, if not completed properly, can have significant safety risks. And unless those risks are identified, the people occupying that area can suffer serious injury,” he said.

RACCA expressed its sympathy to “all those that have been, and continue to be involved in the Tamahere disaster.”

“This has been a trying and difficult time during which serious issues of safety and best practice have been raised within our industry,” McRory said.

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