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.
The above procedure applies to all releases 10 kg or over regardless of whether the release was accidental or intentional.
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:
Labels are also required when equipment that contained a regulated refrigerant is discarded and/or decommissioned under Section 16.