Renewal Of Refrigerant Handlers’ Permits

January 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] is reminding “all technicians who handle or manage refrigerant gases for domestic and commercial HVAC systems that, under the Clean Air Act and Regulations, they must possess a valid ‘Certified Technician for Refrigerant Handling’ photo identification card issued by DENR.”

A Government spokesperson said, “To obtain this identification card, HVAC Technicians must:

  • “Show evidence of relevant training to Mr. Ornette Fough of the Bermuda College;
  • “Attend a refresher meeting organized by Bermuda College and DENR [cost: $25 per person];
  • “Submit a completed application form and fee to DENR. The form is available online at www.gov.bm. Presently, the fee is $220 and is subject to increase on 1 April 2022.

“Technicians who attended the December 2021 refresher meetings are asked to apply for their photo identification cards as soon as possible.

“Technicians who have not yet attended a refresher meeting are strongly encouraged to email pollutioncontrol@gov.bm before 1 February 2022 to reserve a spot. Attendance numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions.

“Full details of the process and a list of the names of certified refrigerant handlers are available at www.gov.bm/online-services/apply-refrigerant-handler-permit. The public is advised to ensure their air conditioning unit installers and maintainers are certified.

“HVAC Technicians who do not have their photo ID card by 1 March 2022 will be in contravention of the Clean Air Regulations 1993 [6], punishable upon conviction by imprisonment not exceeding six months &/or a fine not exceeding $5,000.

“Please email questions to pollutioncontrol@gov.bm.”

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