A provider of refrigeration-related ammonia-hazard assessments in the United Kingdom, Star Technical Solutions has been invited to present at the Food Storage and Distribution Federation’s Ammonia Summit. The summit will be held October 14 near London.

During the Ammonia Summit, Star’s presentation will focus primarily on ammonia hazard assessments and why ammonia legislation compliance is now more important than ever. Senior consultant of Star Technical Solutions, Dr. Dermot Cotter, will be on hand to discuss “The Key Issues Identified in Ammonia Hazard Assessments.” His presentation will address:

  • The most common cause of ammonia releases.
  • The purpose and basis of ammonia hazard assessments (AHA).
  • The knowledge and experience required for carrying out an AHA.
  • Common noncompliance errors and key hazards.


Dr. Andy Pearson, the chairman of the Institute of Refrigeration Technical Committee and Star’s group engineering director, also will argue ammonia’s case in a presentation titled “Why Is Ammonia Such a Good Refrigerant?”

Dr. Cotter explains, “Under the legislation it is necessary to prepare specific risk assessments for all plants using ammonia refrigeration systems due to its potential flammability and toxicity – both requiring close assessment and management.”

Dr. Cotter continues, “With responsibilities to ensure that the requirements of legislation is implemented properly falling directly to the employer, the end-user and the owner of the facility, the new PM81 and DSEAR guidance documents are expected to set stringent guidelines for compliance with European standards and directives, and UK legislation regarding toxicity and flammability of ammonia refrigeration systems. They are also expected to outline key responsibilities placed on employers, end users and facility owners.”

For the past three years, the Technical and Safety Committee (TASC) of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, the HSE and the HSL, have been developing the new guidance for the safe management of ammonia refrigeration systems. This means big changes for businesses incorporating temperature-controlled cooling as well as the insurance companies that cover their operations.

A newly revised version of PM81 will replace the earlier version, which was published in 1995 and withdrawn from use in 2005. The new to be released DSEAR guideline document is set to highlight the latest best practice in regard to the flammability of refrigeration systems using ammonia.

The Star Technical Solutions team will be joined by other leading technical experts, including Dr. Robert Lamb of Star Refrigeration, who will take to the stage to present “Ammonia Chillers and Low Charge Refrigeration Systems,” and Niels P Vestergaard of Danfoss A/S, who will examine the “Trend in Technologies Supporting Safe And Successful Use of Ammonia Systems In Industrial Applications.”

For information about the summit, visit www.fsdf.org.uk/event/fsdf-ammonia-summit.