To help you better understand some of the key elements, we are sharing answers to some of the frequent questions we are receiving from HVACR Educators and Trainers across the country.
Fact Sheet: 2019 Leak Rate Calculations for Appliances that Contain Non-Exempt Substitute Refrigerants
The EPA’s Updated Refrigerant Management Requirements
Q: When will the new exam be available?
A: A new Section 608 EPA Certification Exam has been developed to incorporate the new regulations. It is currently being reviewed by the EPA prior to release. When the EPA allows its release, all registered proctors will be notified. Until such notification, registered proctors should continue to use the current exam.
Q: Will technicians need to be re-certified?
A: Persons currently certified as Section 608 technicians do not need to be re-certified. However, they will be required to comply with the regulatory changes.
Q: As an instructor, my lesson plans are created months in advance. To prepare for testing my students, will I have to switch to the new exam immediately when it is released?
A: When the new exam is released, proctors will be able to offer both exams for a period of time. This will allow people currently training students to use the current program, or use the new one if they are ready.
Q: Will someone be providing proctors an overview of the changes?
A: Members of the ESCO Institute team will be holding webinars to help instructors understand the changes in the program.
Q: Does the EPA offer any simple facts for me to share with students or customers?
A: The EPA has created summaries of the changes for specific industries affected by the changes. Additionally, there is a fact sheet for leak rate calculations that contain non-exempt substitute refrigerants.
Q: Where can I find a complete list of regulations?
A: The update to the Section 608 Refrigerant Management Program can be found in the Federal Register here.
The purpose in sharing these emails is to assure you have the facts. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-726-9696.
Eugene Silberstein, CMHE, B.E.A.P.
Director of Technical Education and Standards
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