Air Conditioning Inspections

Posted on March 2, 2012

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With the deadlines for inspections on air conditioning units of all sizes having now passed (4th January 2011) the heat is now on to ensure compliance. Whilst there have been no fines to date, recent reports have suggested that those operating OHSAS 18001 will need to have a compliant air conditioning report to ensure ongoing compliance. This will presumably be the case for those wishing to become accredited, if indeed this has made it onto the audit schedule.

In addition, The Department for Communities & Local Government have finally provided a deadline as to when it will become mandatory to lodge your TM44 compliant air conditioning report.  Until now the requirement has only been lodge with the accreditation body, but now, as of 6th April 2012, all reports will have to be registered on the Landmark database.

This is expected to have 2 major effects: building owners can refer all enquirers to the database and it will also become easier for Trading Standards to enforce fines and more difficult for them to be defended.

So what do you need to do?

Building owners or managers who operate air conditioning systems have a statutory obligation and duty of care under the 2003 European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in respect of the operation and maintenance of their AC system.

The Directive requires all air conditioning systems (domestic, commercial and public) to be checked by an accredited Energy Assessor with the aim of improving efficiency and reducing electricity consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions. This is known as an air conditioning inspection or assessment.

For more information or to arrange an air conditioning inspection please see our recent articles on air con inspections, legionella risk assessment etc.

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