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( Repealed eff. 7/1/2015)
   (a)   Scope. This section sets forth requirements and procedures for the removal of lubricating oil from refrigerating systems that use more than 200 pounds of ammonia as a refrigerant, referred to in this section as "ammonia refrigerating systems."
   (b)   General Provisions.
      (1)   The design, installation, operation and maintenance of ammonia refrigerating systems shall comply with the requirements of FC606 and Chapter 11 of the Mechanical Code.
      (2)   Alteration of ammonia refrigerating systems shall be performed in accordance with applicable provisions of the Construction Codes.
      (3)   Operators of ammonia refrigerating systems containing 500 or more pounds of ammonia shall develop and maintain a risk management plan in compliance with Administrative Code §24-718 and Department of Environmental Protection rules, as set forth in 15 RCNY Chapter 41. In accordance with those provisions, the risk management plan shall address whether the written procedure required by 6 RCNY § 606-01(d)(2) for manual removal of lubricating oil mitigates the risk of accidental refrigerant release.
   (c)   Supervision Requirements.
      (1)   Operating engineer requirement. An ammonia refrigerating system shall be under the personal supervision of a person holding a certificate of qualification at all times while the system is in operation when required by FC606.1.1.
      (2)   Lubricating oil removal operations.
         (A)   Automatic removal system. An ammonia refrigerating system equipped to remove lubricating oil from system piping and equipment by means of a rigid-piped automatic oil return or transfer system does not require manual removal of lubricating oil. If for any reason lubricating oil is manually removed from such a system, the removal process shall be conducted in accordance with 6 RCNY § 606-01(c)(2)(B) and (d)(2).
         (B)   Manual removal from system. The manual removal of lubricating oil from an ammonia refrigerating system that allows such oil to collect in system piping and equipment outside of the compressor shall be conducted in accordance with the following procedures:
            (1)   If the ammonia refrigerating system is equipped with dual shut-off valves in series, the second valve in the direction of flow from the system is a self-closing valve that closes upon release of manual pressure or other approved automatic shut-off device, and the oil is removed from the system through such valves, the oil removal process shall be personally conducted by at least one certificate of qualification holder who has been trained in the written oil removal procedure required by 6 RCNY § 606-01(d)(2). Absent an imminent threat to life or safety, such certificate of qualification holder shall not leave the removal process unattended while it is ongoing.
            (2)   If the ammonia refrigerating system is not equipped with such dual shut-off valves, the oil removal process shall be personally conducted by a certificate of qualification holder who has been trained in the written oil removal procedure required by 6 RCNY § 606-01(d)(2). A second certificate of qualification holder trained in such procedure shall monitor the oil removal process from a location in direct line of sight of the removal process, with ready access to a means of egress to the outdoors. Absent an imminent threat to life or safety, neither certificate of qualification holder may leave the oil removal process unattended while it is ongoing.
   (d)   Operational Requirements.
      (1)   Automatic removal systems. An ammonia refrigerating system equipped to remove lubricating oil from system piping and equipment by means of a rigid-piped automatic oil return or transfer system shall be periodically serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and applicable industry standards, including International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Standard 2 (2014 edition) (entitled "Equipment, Design, and Installation of Closed–Circuit Ammonia Mechanical Refrigerating Systems"), to ensure that the automatic removal system is maintained in good working order.
      (2)   Manual removal from system. A written procedure developed by a trained and knowledgeable person and detailing a step-by-step process for the manual removal of lubricating oil from an ammonia refrigerating system (including piping and equipment) requiring such removal shall be maintained on the premises. The procedure shall specifically address the design and operation of the particular type of ammonia refrigerating system and the type of drain at each drain point on such system. To the extent feasible, the procedure shall incorporate all safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer and applicable industry standards, including IIAR Standard 2 (2014 edition). At a minimum, such procedure shall include the following requirements:
         (A)   Each certificate of qualification holder participating in the oil removal process shall, prior to conducting such process, be trained by a person trained and knowledgeable in removal of lubricating oil from ammonia refrigerating systems, and retrained whenever the certificate of qualification holder has not participated in a manual oil removal process in the prior three (3) months; and
         (B)   Each certificate of qualification holder participating in the oil removal process shall be provided with and use all safety and personal protective equipment required to safely conduct such process, including equipment required by United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations; and
         (C)   If a single certificate of qualification holder is required by 6 RCNY § 606-01(c)(2), a telephone not requiring a coin to operate shall be immediately available to ensure immediate notification to the Department in the event of an emergency; or
         (D)   If two (2) certificate of qualification holders are required by 6 RCNY § 606-01(c)(2):
            (1)   each certificate of qualification holder shall be equipped with a portable two-way radio or other approved means of communication between the two, and a telephone not requiring a coin to operate shall be immediately available to the certificate of qualification holder monitoring the oil removal process to ensure immediate notification to the Department in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the certificate of qualification holder monitoring the oil removal process shall make the required notification to the Department prior to rendering assistance;
            (2)   the oil removal process shall not be conducted at any time when the premises associated with the ammonia refrigerating system are occupied (including occupancy by other employees) or open for business; and
            (3)   notification shall be made to the Department not less than one (1) hour but not more than two (2) hours prior to commencement of the oil removal process.
   (e)   Recordkeeping Requirements.
      (1)   A certificate of qualification holder responsible for supervision of the operation of an ammonia refrigerating system shall document the periodic servicing of such refrigerating system and all removals of lubricating oil from such refrigerating system, by making appropriate entries in the refrigerating system operator logbook required by FC606.1.3. Such entries shall include the names and company affiliations of the persons who serviced the system; the names and certificate of qualification numbers of the certificate of qualification holders who conducted and/or monitored the oil removal process; and any notifications to the Department pursuant to 6 RCNY § 606-01(d)(2)(D)(3).
      (2)   The certificate of qualification holder responsible for supervision of the operation of an ammonia refrigerating system shall document the training of all persons involved in the manual removal of lubricating oil from such system.
      (3)   Such records shall be maintained in accordance with FC107.7.
(Eff. 9/1/2016)
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