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Register Today! General & Keynote Sessions - AHRI 2021 Virtual Leadership Forum, Nov 16-17
AHRI/Industry News
Register for the 2022 AHR Expo! January 31—February 2, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV
Legislative and Regulatory
OSHA Extends Deadline for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - OSHA-2019-0001
Standards and Certification
AHRI Publishes UL Standard 60335-2-89 Ed. 2
AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Applied Sector
Join the AHRI Standards Team Seeks Consensus Body Participation
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ICARHMA Members Meet for Virtual Annual Meeting
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Top Stories
Register Today! General & Keynote Sessions - AHRI 2021 Virtual Leadership Forum, Nov 16-17

We may not be able to engage with you in person, but AHRI is proud to bring its leaders and industry experts to the table at the upcoming Virtual Leadership Forum. See the agenda at-a-glance and register today to keep abreast of the issues facing our industry!

Global Certification and Standards – Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

With the successful opening of AHRI’s China and MENA offices, AHRI’s Chairman has challenged the association to identify the next steps in the globalization of its certification and standards programs. This session will review some of the successes, challenges, and lessons learned in the process. Join AHRI Senior Vice President of Global Operations Henry Hwong as he moderates a conversation with AHRI Vice President of Certification Programs Bill Tritsis; Rheem Manufacturing’s Chief Legal Officer Scott Bates; and Daikin Applied’s Vice President of Global Sales Al Ward. The panel will conclude with an interactive audience Q&A session.

Decarbonization: Multiple Paths, Multiple Perspectives – Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Moderated by AHRI Vice President of Public Affairs Francis Dietz, this dynamic panel session will feature knowledgeable, active panelists with differing perspectives on the current state and local trend toward decarbonization – a trend with significant implications for our member companies and their customers. Guests will include former Carrier executive John Mandyck, who currently heads the New York City-based Urban Green Council; and representatives from the American Public Gas Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Consumer Energy Alliance. Ample time will be set aside for audience Q&A on this timely and important topic.

Keynote Addresses

Charlie Cook and Ashley Armstrong will deliver keynote addresses in the session, Federal Affairs – From the New Administration to the Midterm Elections, on November 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Ben Saunders is scheduled on November 17, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for the presentation, Investing in the Journey, Not the Destination.

Contact: Lauren Miller.
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AHRI/Industry News
Register for the 2022 AHR Expo! January 31—February 2, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV

Registration for the 2022 AHR Expo, co-sponsored by AHRI, is now open! The Expo provides a unique forum for manufacturers of all sizes and specialties to come together and share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology.

AHRI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Helen Walter-Terrinoni will present two educational sessions on Tuesday, February 1:

  • The AIM Act, Low-GWP Codes & Standards
  • Regional Standards: DOE M1 Transition
Please stay tuned for more information regarding these sessions. Register for the Expo here. Contact: Francis Dietz.
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Legislative and Regulatory
OSHA Extends Deadline for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - OSHA-2019-0001

On February 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7. This modification would address issues arising since OSHA updated the HCS in 2012 and provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners without lowering the overall protections of the standard. OSHA will grant a request to extend the deadline for submitting new information to its HCS rulemaking docket which will be available soon.

New deadlines:

  • November 22 to submit new data and information
  • December 22 to submit final briefs and comments
The docket is currently open and accepting comments which can be submitted here. Contact: Mary Koban.
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Standards and Certification
AHRI Publishes UL Standard 60335-2-89 Ed. 2

On October 27, the Refrigeration Safety Standards Working Group and CANENA Working Group 12 revised and published UL Standard 60335-2-89 Ed. 2, Household and Similar Electrical Appliances - Safety - Part 2-89: Particular Requirements for Commercial Refrigerating Appliances with an Incorporated or Remote Refrigerant Unit or Compressor.

The revisions include an overhaul of the standard A2L, A2, and A3 allowances; mitigation measures; product scope; harmonization with IEC 60335-2-89; and electrical and mechanical safety requirements for all refrigeration products. This will allow flammable refrigerants to be used safely in refrigeration sector products and assist with compliance to national low-global warming potential requirements. The standard can be found on the UL website. Contact: Lauren MacGowens.
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AHRI Working Group Spotlight: Applied Sector

The Chiller Standards Technical Committee (Chiller STC) held its second meeting on October 25, during which members approved an interpretation on fouling factor corrections and an interpretation on four-pipe chillers to advance to the Applied Standards Subcommittee. The Chiller STC also approved a project charter to reaffirm AHRI Standard 580, Performance Rating of Non-Condensable Gas Purge Equipment for Use with Low Pressure Centrifugal Liquid Chillers and a project charter to revise AHRI Standard 560, Absorption Water Chilling and Water Heating Packages to create an SI version. Contact: Jaime Yeh.

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Join the AHRI Standards Team Seeks Consensus Body Participation
AHRI’s Standards team is seeking a balanced group of volunteers for its consensus body. As required by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), membership must include persons with interests beyond manufacturing. AHRI membership is not required for participation.
 
A consensus body gives final ballot approval for publication of AHRI standards as an American National Standards (ANS), ANSI, or National Standard of Canada (NSC)/Canadian standards. The consensus body is a long-term standing body that replaces the canvass body. Learn more about this opportunity here. Contact: Karl Best.
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International
ICARHMA Members Meet for Virtual Annual Meeting

Members of the International Council of Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers Associations (ICARHMA) met on October 13 for a virtual Annual Meeting. ICARHMA’s eleven member associations hail from almost every continent and represent manufacturers that produce 90 percent of the world’s heating, cooling, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ICARHMA moved to a virtual meeting schedule and altered its programming to present interesting and credible information on supply chains, indoor air quality (IAQ), and understanding a post-Covid world economy.

Council members welcomed guest presenter Joe Dunlap, Managing Director from global commercial real estate developer CBRE. Mr. Dunlap discussed supply chain/logistics in the wake of COVID-19 and discussed pandemic supply chain trends, how firms make supply chain decisions, and how these are likely to affect business decisions in the future. Members then reviewed their associations’ top three issues and changes to them in light of the continued COVID-19 global pandemic.

AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek and AHRI Chairman Mike Schwartz (Daikin Applied) represented AHRI. Vice President of International Affairs Jim Walters and Director of International Affairs Michael LaGiglia represented the Secretariat of ICARHMA. Contact: James Walters.
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