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Revision to EN 378 Now in Force

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland (IRI) sits on the EN 378 Technical Committee and the Working Group, and both continue to meet two or three times per year to address outstanding queries and ongoing developments relating to the Standard. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Aachen in November 2017.

Familiarity with EN 378:2016 is crucial for companies who design, construct, install, commission, operate, maintain or use vapour compression systems for refrigeration, air-conditioning, heat pumps and chillers.

The Standard is published in four parts and, thanks to IRI’s active participation in the Working Group and its engagement with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), it has secured a very significant discounted price of €155 for IRI members for the full set of four parts. As far as IRI is aware, this is the lowest price for the Standard in any EU member state, even with the IRI membership fee included!

It is worth noting that Part 2 (and the introduction, terms and definitions of Part 1) of EN 378 are harmonised with the Pressure Equipment Directive and the Machinery Directive. In fact, one of the drivers for the revision was to better align EN 378 with the Pressure Equipment Directive which has itself also been revised.

Members wishing to purchase a copy of the four parts of the EN 378:2016 Standard should contact the NSAI directly. Simply send an email with your name and IRI membership number to info@ standards.ie and quote “special IRI members’ discount for IS EN 378 Parts 1 to 4: 2016”. Alternatively call NSAI at 01- 857 6730.

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Refrigeration Institute looks forward with confidence

Outgoing President Dave Killalea congratulating incoming President Seamus Kerr.

The review of this year’s activities highlighted the successes of the last 12 months, from the popular Refrigerants Initiative series to joint events with CIBSE, Engineers Ireland and AREA to name but a few. The 2012 Dinner and Awards night was another great accomplishment and it was proposed to make this occasion a bi-annual event.

The theme of education and training came up frequently in the meeting, showing the Institute’s concern in the development of the industry and investment in the future. “We are trying to improve standards and practices in our industry, gain knowledge, and share this with our members”, said Seamus Kerr.

The Refrigerants Initiative series of seminars has been particularly successful, highlighting the various choices in refrigerant available today, with individual talks devoted to HFC’s, ammonia, hydrocarbons, etc. Those who attended six or more seminars received a CPD Certificate of Attendance from the Institute.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal commitment to keeping professional knowledge and skills up-to-date. The IRI is strongly committed to supporting its members in meeting this commitment, and in doing so in a systematic and considered way. Nine certificates were awarded at the AGM and the intention is to resume the series after summer.

Concern was raised about the low number of refrigeration apprentices registering, and also the declining interest in RAC and engineering in general in education. Student levels are currently down in DIT & CIT. Seamus Kerr made the point that the Government should be challenged and questioned as to how it is promoting this industry. There will be a future shortage of trained engineers without further action.

That said, there has been a significant growth in Institute membership. Some of that is due to decreasing and discounted membership costs, but it is also due to the proactive work of Council members in promoting the Institute and what it stands for. That effort was duly noted with a round of applause from the floor.

The excellent contribution of outgoing President Dave Killalea was similarly marked. Dave recounted the many achievements of his tenure, acknowledging and crediting the Council and various committee members’ contribution to these successes. In handing over the chain of office to incoming President Seamus Kerr, he urged all to continue with that support.

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