ODS and F gas guidance

Various guidance and other useful documents relating to the requirements of the legislation on ozone depleting substances is available from a number of sources, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme. 

A series of Guidance Documents has been prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency to provide clarification and assistance to contractors and end-users of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment on how the legislation applies to them. These guidance documents cover requirements of both the Regulation on ozone depleting substances and fluorinated greenhouse gases. The following guidance documents are available to download below: 

  • Refrigeration and air conditioning contractors 
  • Retail (food and non-food) sector
  • Offices and public buildings
  • Industrial sectors
  • Hospitality and leisure sector 

The European Commission has produced a number of publications aimed at providing clarification on the implementation of the Regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases. The following publications are available to download at the links below: 

Guidance on the Final Ban on R22 

General Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Retail Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Hospitality Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Agriculture Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Facilities and Buildings Management Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Education Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Industrial Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Financial Sector 

Guidance leaflet on the R22 Ban in the Fishing and Marine Sector 

EPA Guidance on Complying with Regulations Controlling Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depleting Substances: 

Summary Guide for compliance with ODS and F-gas Regulations(operators of equipment containing controlled substances) 

Guidance Note for Contractors in the Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heat Pump Sector 

Guidance Note for operators in the Hospitality and Leisure Sector 

Guidance Note for operators in the Industrial Sector 

Guidance Note for operators in the Office and Public Buildings Sector 

Guidance Note for operators in the Retail Sector 

EPA Inspections, What to Expect - A Guide for End Users (Operators) 

EPA Inspections, What to Expect - A Guide for Contractors 

Links to European Commission Guidance 

Stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipmentbrochure for operators 

Stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment leaflet for technical personnel 

Stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers brochure for operators 

Stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers leaflet for technical personnel 

High voltage switchgear brochure for operators and technical personnel 

Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas-based solvents brochure for operators and technical personnel 

Leaflet for producers, importers and exporters of fluorinated greenhouse gases, certain users and those placing certain equipment containing those gases on the EU market 

Learn More 

Download EPA Position Paper on Waste Refrigerant Gases (November 2009) 

Download guidance on Leak Checking