B8.4 Ozone Depleting Substances


Ozone Depleting substances include:

  • Refrigerants.
  • Solvents.
  • Foam blowing agents.
  • Fire fighting fluids.


You do not need detailed knowledge of legislation for the exam.

Please note that due to the IEMA ending the course, this section is no longer being up-dated.


B8.4.1 Related Legislation

EU Regulation on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 2037/2000

This Regulation phases in a ban on the production, import and export of specifically listed ozone-depleting substances.

Environmental Protection (Controls on Ozone-Depleting Substances) Regulations 2002 [SI No. 528]

These regulations control the production, marketing, use of, trade in, emission and transport of specified ozone-depleting substances.

Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas Regulations 2009 [SI No. 261]

These regulations create offences and penalties for not complying with recovery of fluorinated greenhouse gases legislation. This includes labelling, qualifications and certificates required to work with products or equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases.

Ozone Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations 2009 [SI No. 216]

These regulations amend the qualifications required to recover, recycle or destroy substances. They make it an offence to work with controlled substances or methyl bromide unless qualified.

Environmental Protection (Controls on Ozone-Depleting Substances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 [SR 97]

These regulations apply in Northern Ireland and control the production, use, marketing, trade in and emission of listed substances that deplete the ozone layer.

Aerosol Dispensers Regulations 2009 [SI 2824]

Aims to protect public health by prohibiting the supply or possession of aerosols not marked as conforming to safety standards.

EU Regulation 756/2010 on persistent organic pollutants

Amends 850/2004 by adding a further 9 polluting substances whose production and use has to be controlled

Motor Vehicles (Refilling of Air Conditioning Systems by Service Providers) Regulations 2009

Makes it an offence (for which you can be fined) for anyone servicing a vehicle air-conditioning system to refill it with fluorinated gases if there has been an abnormal leak of refrigerant and before repairs have been completed Motor Vehicles (Refilling of Air Conditioning Systems by Service Providers) Regulations 2009. These Regulations implement Article 6(3) of Directive 2006/40/EC on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor vehicles.

It is an offence to refill vehicle air conditioning equipment with a fluorinated greenhouse gas where the equipment has suffered an abnormal leak and not been repaired, or to mislead the regulator on this matter unless it can be demonstrated that all reasonable steps were taken.

Ozone Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 [SR 321]

These regulations apply in Northern Ireland. They specify the minimum training and qualifications required by anyone working with ozone-depleting substances.