F gases and ozone depleting substances
How to get certified to work with F gas and ODS
You must have your own qualifications to work on equipment containing fluorinated gases (F gas) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS), even if you work for someone else. It is against the law to work with F gas if you do not have the correct qualifications. You could receive a civil penalty for breaking the law.
If you see someone working with F gas that doesn’t have the right certification, report it to email@example.com.
Qualifications to work with F gas and ODS
You must have appropriate training and qualifications if you are working on:
- stationary refrigeration and air conditioning systems (including heat pumps)
- stationary fire protection systems
- mobile air conditioning systems
- electrical switchgear
- recovering solvents
- other F gas / ODS equipment not specified
Company certification to work with F gas and ODS
Your company, including sole traders, must be certified by an approved body to service stationary equipment containing F gas operated by others. This includes:
- air conditioning
- fire protection
You don’t need a company certificate to service:
- refrigerated trucks and trailers
- high voltage switchgear
- car and van mobile air-conditioners
Your company must be certified to:
If your company services only your own equipment, it doesn’t need to be certified - but any individual who works with and handles F gas must have personal qualifications to work with F gas.
Find out more about when you need company certification to work with F gas and how to get it.
Working in the Republic of Ireland and the EU
Certificates for individuals and companies gained from a UK-based certification body are no longer valid for F gas and ODS work in the Republic of Ireland and the European Union.
You will need to undertake training with a training provider linked to a certification body approved by an EU Member State to obtain the appropriate certificate. The Irish Environmental Protection Agency has more information on how to obtain certfication.
DAERA Chemicals and Industrial Pollution Policy Branch028 9056 9541