Refrigerant Safety Compliance
Bacharach’s range of refrigerant leak detectors help you gain refrigerant safety compliance for ASHRAE 15, CSA-B52, BS EN 378 and others.
Refrigerant safety compliance for mechanical rooms, chillers, walk-in freezers and cold storage facilities, protecting your staff, customers, equipment and bottom line.
It’s important to ensure the safety of your staff, customers and equipment when it comes to using refrigerant- especially with asphyxiation and toxicity risks as well as fire and explosion. Achieving compliance with safety standards like ASHRAE 15, CSA-B52 and EN 378 is essential. For areas of your operation where there is a high refrigerant emission risk such as mechanical rooms, chillers, walk-in freezers and cold storage facilities, a high performance diffusion or aspirated refrigerant detection system is essential.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) is a US organization devoted to advancing HVAC/R. The ASHRAE Standard 15 documentation establishes procedures for operating equipment and systems when using refrigerants- which are compiled in ASHRAE Standard 34 along with naming and safety classifications based on toxicity and flammability data.
The CSA Group (formerly the Canadian Standards Association) has produced the CSA B52 2018 Edition to minimize the risk of personal injury by providing minimum requirements for the design, construction, installation, inspection, and maintenance of mechanical refrigeration systems and volatile direct refrigeration systems.
BS EN 378
The BSI (British Standards Institute) document BS EN 378-1:2016 relates to refrigerating systems and heat pumps providing safety and environmental requirements, basic requirements, definitions, classification and selection criteria. The standard is intended to minimize possible hazards to persons, property and the environment from refrigerating systems and refrigerants.
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|Cold Room (-40°F/C)||✔||✘||✘||✔||✔|
|Stability & Accuracy||Std||High||Std||High|
|Minimum Detection Level (PPM)||50/200 typical||10||50/200 typical||1||1|
|User Interface||Mobile App||Local Display|
|Parasense Cloud Platform||Optional||Optional||Optional||✘||Optional|
Learn more about refrigerant safety compliance:
After a five-year long process, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently revised its 60335-2-89 standard to increase the flammable refrigerant charge size limits in self-contained commercial refrigeration appliances, such as display cases, reach-in cabinets, and serve-over cabinets.
With 20 tons of hazardous ammonia and a packing capacity of 500 tons of frozen food per day, refrigerant leaks posed a costly problem both in terms of lost production and safety compliance. Here’s how Bacharach helped solved this problem.
Progress in Refrigeration Safety Compliance: There are many reasons for facilities to install refrigerant detectors to monitor for leaks in their refrigeration systems. These can vary significantly depending on the application in question.
Depending on the gas used, the dangers presented by leaking refrigerant can include asphyxiation, oxygen depletion, flammability and toxicity. In Europe, the applicable refrigeration safety standard is EN 378, Refrigerating Systems and Heat Pumps – Safety and Environmental Requirements.