Senior management's visible commitment has a significant impact on compliance program success.
Global environmental concern about ozone depletion has caused governments around the world to take action. In the United States, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and subsequent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations required rapid changes to meet compliance requirements. The regulations impact virtually every business, organization and consumer through higher prices on goods and services. Previously safe and abundant refrigerants used in a multitude of everyday applications have, in a few short years, become federally controlled substances with civil and criminal penalties for violations.
In industries and organizations involved with air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, the most significant impacts can be categorized as: