Environmental Qualification: Halocarbons

Since June 1, 2008, refrigeration mechanics who work with halocarbons or handle equipment that use halocarbons must hold the “Environmental Qualification: Halocarbons”. This qualification is obligatory for those who, as part of their job, must purchase or procure halocarbons and for those who install, maintain, repair, modify, or load equipment that functions with halocarbons, such as refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment designed or converted to operate with a halocarbon.

The Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) has been mandated by the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) to recognize this qualification and to offer training enabling the workers concerned to acquire it. However, notices of infraction will be handed out to violators by MELCC inspectors. “Qualification environnementale: halocarbure” appears on the competency certificates issued by the CCQ to workers who have received the training and will be permanently valid for Québec workers.

This obligatory environmental qualification required by the MELCC falls within Quebec’s Strategy for Managing Ozone-depleting Substances and Their Replacement Products.

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