4.15 Section 24 & 25: Reporting Substance Release & Equipment Labeling

Section 24: Reporting a Release of a Class 1, 2 or 3 Substance

The release of any refrigerant, except for the special circumstances previously discussed in this chapter, is prohibited in Manitoba.

When 10 kg (22 lbs) or more of a refrigerant are released, the owner, operator or person working on the equipment must report the release immediately to an environment officer.

The environment officer must be provided with all information regarding the release or leakage of the refrigerant.

Ph. 945-7053

Fax. 948-2338

The above procedure applies to all releases 10 kg or over regardless of whether the release was accidental or intentional.

Section 25: Labeling of Equipment

Equipment that contains a refrigerant must have a label permanently attached to it and can include a manufacturer’s name plate.

The nameplate identifies, among other things, the type of refrigerant and amount of charge the equipment contains.

The nameplate is usually attached to the equipment at the time of manufacturing.

New installations may require an additional charge of refrigerant or in some installations the recovery of refrigerant due to the varying lengths of refrigerant line sets.

When refrigerant is recovered or charged into a system at start-up, or the refrigerant capacity is changed from what is stated on the manufacturer’s nameplate, the equipment label must also be changed.

The new label shall be located adjacent to the nameplate and must have the following information:

  • The type and amount of refrigerant recharged into the equipment
  •  The date the new refrigerant was recharged into the equipment
  •  The name of the company or person who recharged the equipment

Labels are also required when equipment that contained a regulated refrigerant is discarded and/or decommissioned under Section 16.