Plant Risk Assessment Poll Results (5/21/04)
On May 18, 2004 ECI e-mailed 270 HVAC manufacturers, asking them
to assess their plants' risk levels for cross contamination on
a scale from 0-10. Here are the results of that poll.
Many of the respondents indicated that they currently used only
one refrigerant (including R-22, R-134a and R-404a). Single refrigerant
users were excluded from the following results, since it is obvious
that they would have zero risk of cross contamination. However,
it should be noted that this is likely to change in the very near
future given the imminent phase-out of R-22 mandated by the EPA.
Most of these plants will be forced to implement alternative refrigerants
such as R-410a, and they are likely to experience cross contamination
issues in the midst of their transition phase.
For those respondents who are currently using two or more refrigerants
the percentages break down as follows:
• 18% felt
there was zero risk of cross contamination in their plants, due
to the infrequent use of alternative refrigerants or the distance
between their operations.
• 36% felt
their risk was small to moderate (in the 1-5 range).
• 45% felt
a definite concern (in the 6-10 range) about the threat of contaminating
their valuable refrigerant supply. It should be noted that most
in this category were high volume producers in the midst of making
the transition from R-22 to R-410A (or equivalent).
ECI would like to thank all who responded to this e-mail poll.
If you would like to speak with an ECI representative about implementing
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