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Abide by regulations or feel the heat, DM tells air conditioning companies

THE Environment Department of Dubai Municipality (DM) has asked all companies working in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry to abide by the federal and local regulations concerning gas emission into the atmosphere in order to protect the ozone layer from depletion.

DM has warned companies of legal actions including fines and license cancellation in case of violation of these rules.

The department has sent out a circular to all companies in this field urging them to adhere to the UAE Federal Decree No. 72/2004, and the Environment Department Technical Guideline No. 58 on the prohibition of venting of refrigerant gas used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

The circular, signed by Hamdan Al Shaer, director of Environment Department, asked all companies in this field to adequately collect, handle, and dispose all waste refrigerants which are considered controlled substances. They should do this in line with the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) instruction and directive or advice from the Department.

The circular has further asked the companies to obtain approval from the Environment Department for activities related to air conditioning and refrigeration system maintenance and services.

These companies, the circular stipulated, should have trained technicians and recovery equipment to make sure that refrigerants are recovered and/or recycled for reuse, reprocessed (reclaimed), or properly disposed of whenever removed from air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

It warned of legal actions including fines and license cancellation in case of violation of these rules.

For further information and guidelines on a proper and safe management of unused, contaminated or old refrigerant, companies can contact 04-2064246 (Engineer Narciso Zacarias); 04-2064278 (Engineer Jeffrey Reyes); 04-2064247 (Engineer Shoula Rafiee) or visit the department's website at

Source: Gulf Today
Posted: 15/08/2008

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