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Helping Spanish-Speaking Engineers Properly Use, Handle Refrigerants

Helping Spanish-Speaking Engineers Properly Use, Handle Refrigerants

From eSociety, August 2019

One of ASHRAE’s refrigeration safety standards has been updated in Spanish to help Spanish-speaking engineers properly use and handle refrigerants.

Asociación Técnica Ecuatoriana de Aire Acondicionado y Refrigeración (ATEAAR) recently translated Norma 15-2016 ASHRAE, Norma de Seguridad para Sistemas de Refrigeración, to help Spanish-speaking engineers properly locate, inspect and manage refrigerants and transporters of refrigerants, said translator Eduardo Donoso, P.E., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE.

“As Latin American engineers, we seek to be up-to-date with our knowledge related to our professional practice, so knowing the safety standard for refrigeration systems is of particular importance in our professional practice,” he said.

Donoso said there is much talk about the use and abuse of refrigerants, so engineers need information about them and how to use them. 

“With this translation, the refrigerant industry can be sure of the proper use and proper handling of refrigerants in Latin America,” Donoso said.

Standard 15 establishes safeguards for life, limb, health and property and prescribes safety requirements. Directed toward the safety of people and property on or near refrigeration facilities, the standard includes specifications for fabrication of tight systems but does not address the effects of refrigerant emissions on the environment. 

The 2016 edition of the standard: 

  • Incorporated changes to improve the safe design, construction, installation and operation of refrigeration systems.

  • Updated requirements for safety relief systems, including revisions to relief vent pipe discharge locations and design provisions for headered relief vent systems.

  • Updated design pressure requirements applicable to systems using carbon dioxide.

  • Modified over-pressure protection for heat exchangers and pressure limiting devices for positive displacement compressors.

This standard applies to:

  • The design, construction, test, installation, operation and inspection of mechanical and absorption refrigeration systems, including heat pump systems used in stationary applications.

  • Modifications including replacement of parts or components if they are not identical in function and capacity.

  • Substitutions of refrigerant having a different designation.