Because many HFC refrigerants, such as R-410A, operate at considerably higher pressures than many other refrigerants, safety training is imperative. R-410A systems will require service professionals to use different tools and equipment when installing, retrofitting, or repairing these systems.
Currently HFC refrigerants, including R-410A, are not covered under the refrigerant sales restriction of the Clean Air Act Amendments, and, at this time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not require or mandate a separate certification for the handling of these refrigerants. Nevertheless, many equipment manufacturers are well aware of the concerns and safety issues of working with HFC refrigerants and are requiring service professionals who purchase their R-410A systems to be certified through each of their own independent programs and/or show proof of attending their training seminar.
RSES has an R-410A Awareness page
available that provides many articles and technical bulletins free of charge to the industry.
For those looking for a more structured R-410A training and certification program, RSES has available the Universal R-410A Safety and Training
The program consists of a training manual that is published by ESCO Press, a CD-ROM that correlates with the manual (or can be used as a stand alone study aid) as well as a voluntary certification examination. (The certification issued is an HVAC Excellence certification. RSES makes no claim or guarantee of the acceptance of this certification.)
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Universal R-410A Safety & Training CD-ROM published by ESCO Press
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