1. Did you know? All service/installation technicians/employees who access the sealed refrigeration system of an Air conditioner, refrigerator, cooler, etc., must be certified by passing an EPA approved test. Anyone who performs these services without the certification is subject to heavy fines and prosecution in Federal Court.
2. ORACCA offers a class, a new study guide and proctored test to obtain that Federal EPA mandated certification.
About 25 years ago, it became unlawful to vent refrigerants (Class I & II). That means that your service and installation technicians must be certified if they open a system for charging or servicing. This is Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, signed into law by President George Bush in 1990.
The Federal Government of the United States requires all individuals who open a system or
container holding a controlled refrigerant to be certified. Persons who work on stationary
equipment or use refrigerant designed for these systems can become certified by passing a
proctored Section 608 examination.
Technicians and the companies they work for, who violate this Federal Law face harsh penalties, including:
Up to $27,500 per day, per violation
Losing one’s certification to handle refrigerants
Appearing in US Federal Court for the charges
An award of up to $10,000 is offered by the EPA to those individuals who supply information
leading to a penalty against a technician that intentionally vents.
July 1, 1992: No person maintaining, servicing repairing, or disposing of appliances may knowingly vent or release into the environment any Class I or Class II substance used as a refrigerant. (That is R-12, R-22, etc)
November 14, 1994: Any person opening appliances and any person disposing of appliances must be certified as a technician for that type of appliance. Only EPA approved technician training or testing programs that comply with these regulations may certify technicians.ORACCA is your source for this certification)
November 15, 1995: It is unlawful to vent alternate refrigerants. (That is R-134A, etc.)