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CPD Conference: Safe Ammonia Refrigeration

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 22 November 2017
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    The Clayton Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley, Liffey Valley, Dublin 22, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member Rate covers Institute of Refrigeration members or Engineers Ireland Members.

    Early-bird* Member rate: €195
    Early-bird* Non-Member rate: €245

    Regular Member rate: €245
    Regular Non-Member rate: €295

    Institute of Refrigeration Members call 01 6651305 to book at Member rate. 

    *Early-bird rate available until until Friday 10th November 2017

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1

Seminar Overview

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland and Engineers Ireland are presenting a one-day conference on Safe Ammonia Refrigeration.

Ammonia has been the refrigerant of choice for industrial refrigeration systems in Ireland and the UK for over 50 years.  It is one of the very few natural refrigerants on the market and offers significant benefits, particularly in the face of the impending phase-down of HFC refrigerants. 

Many ammonia refrigeration systems have been operating safely and efficiently in Ireland and the UK for thirty or even forty years.  To ensure safe operation throughout their long life, ammonia refrigeration systems do need to be properly maintained and managed.  Good practice in the design, installation and maintenance, along with compliance with applicable legislation and guides can ensure that ammonia systems continue to provide safe, reliable and efficient refrigeration service.

Seminar Aim

The aim of the Conference is to raise awareness of the benefits and hazards of ammonia refrigeration and to inform attendees on how best to ensure ammonia refrigeration systems are installed, maintained, and operated safely.


The programme includes specialists and experts in fields relating to safe ammonia refrigeration.

  • Why Ammonia is such a good refrigerant: Why ammonia has been the refrigerant of choice for so many industrial applications in the UK and Ireland

Andy Pearson, Managing Director, Star Refrigeration

  • Ammonia Dispersion Modelling: What happens when a quantity of ammonia is released to the atmosphere

Dr. Fergal O’Callaghan, AWN Consulting

  • The Irish Pressure Systems Regulations 2012: Keeping pressure systems safe: background, application and update

John Colreavy, Irish Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

  • The New EU Pressure Equipment Directive: What the changes are and what they mean for new systems and systems being modified

John Sheeran, Irish Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

  • The ATEX Directives and ammonia: Two EU directives relating to the flammability of ammonia; Equipment and Worker Protection, and the regulations putting them into law.

Gary Horgan, Explosive Atmospheres Consultant, CMSE

  • SMARS: “Safe Management of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems” Guide: The new industry guide (replacing the former HSE publication PM81) for designers, installers, owners and operators of ammonia systems.

Maurice Young, Food Storage and Distribution Federation UK (FSDF)

  • Emergency Service Response to a Hazardous Substance (Ammonia) Leak: What to expect from the Fire Service, and what they expect from ammonia plant operators.

William Magher, Haz. Mat. Specialist and District Officer Dublin South, Irish Fire Service

  • Ammonia Gas Detection systems: Implementing an effective ammonia gas detection system – technologies, regulations and selection

Tom Burniston, Product Manager, Bacharach Fixed Instruments

  • Statutory Examination and Inspection of Ammonia Pressure Vessels and Pipework: Examination of ammonia vessels and inspection of pipework under the Pressure Systems Regulations

Moore Holmes Technical Specialist, Irish Engineering Services / BES

  • Establishing the integrity of pressure systems: Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Techniques for ammonia systems

Jim Humphreys, Managing Director, Metlab Limited

  • The revised EU Standard for safety of refrigerating systems EN 378-2016; Compliance for ammonia system installers and operators

Andy Pearson, Managing Director, Star Refrigeration

  • Evaporative Condensers for ammonia systems: The proper operation, care and maintenance of evaporative condensers and cooling towers, and the legislation and regulations that apply.

Seamus Kerr, RSL

  • Pressure Relief Valves: PRV types, selection, installation and maintenance

Ger Nagle, Dublin Institute of Technology

Who should attend?

The conference offers personnel active in ammonia refrigeration a unique opportunity to hear from and engage with experts in critical and essential disciplines.

  • Ammonia refrigeration system owners / operators (warehouses, cold stores, meat plants, pharmaceutical, food processing, process cooling, chillers)
  • Factory engineering managers
  • Maintenance engineering personnel
  • Refrigeration contractors
  • Service and maintenance companies
  • Equipment manufacturers / distributors
  • Refrigeration system designers and technical support personnel
  • Safety consultants / advisors
  • Test and inspection service specialists

Download the Conference Flyer

For more information on how Engineers Ireland members can now record their CPD online click here.

This Seminar is jointly hosted by the Institute of Refrigeration Ireland (IRI) and Engineers Ireland. IRI is the representative body specifically established to represent the needs and concerns of refrigeration and air conditioning professionals in Ireland. 

For more Information on the IRI see




Make a Booking

22 November 2017

Terms & Conditions

Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.