From January 1st 2018 it is essential that aircraft crews operating in the EU must discontinue the use of insecticide aerosols containing fluorinated greenhouse gas (F gas).
The environmental impact of greenhouse gases is measured by an international standard called Global Warming Potential (GWP). After the end of 2017, it will be illegal for technical aerosols to contain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a global warming potential above 150. This includes HFC134a, which is used in a number of aerosol insecticides used by airlines operating in the EU.
Horsleys Aircraft Insecticide uses a propellant fully compliant with the new F gas regulations. It sprays just as well as outdated aerosol propellant, is non-flammable and can be safely used in aircraft passenger cabins, cargo holds and cockpits, with negligible impact on the environment and no harm to the ozone layer.
The sale and commercial use of insecticide is governed by the European Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012 - more commonly known as BPR. The aim of BPR is to ensure that biocides, such as insect repellent or insecticide spray, must be both safe and effective, with the absolute minimum risk to health and the least possible impact on the environment.
The new regulation is strict and a number of insecticides that have been commonly used on board aircraft for several years cannot be legally sold or used in the EU from January 1st 2018 onwards. Every biocide on the market needs to be submitted to a competent evaluating authority, overseen by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This applies to any biocide, whether it is made from natural or purely synthetic ingredients.
So, if your aerosol insecticide supplier does not specifically state that the product is compliant with the new F-gas regulation, you need to engage a new supplier.
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