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RR839 - A study of current working practices for refrigeration field service engineers

As a result of a refrigeration related fatality in Stevenage in 2004 HSL has been requested by Stevenage Borough Council under the Local Authority Funding Scheme, to carry out a study of current working practices for refrigeration service engineers. This text focuses primarily on the equipment, practices and procedures employed in order to carry out leak detection and other repair work on refrigeration systems in the field. This definition is further classified as service engineers working on equipment with a refrigerant load of less than 3kg in service on commercial or public premises which may be subject to inspection by local authority inspectors.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2011-10-26