Review the appropriate MSDS to verify product identification, decomposition products and potential health and safety effects. The “general information on halon” contained in this Guideline and attached MSDS refrigerant and MSDS Halonmay also be helpful.

  1. Facts about Halon

The regulations today say that HALON should not be released into the atmosphere. HALON is no longer manufactured in many countries. It is important to Reclaim and Recycle for critical need where there is no replacement agent available or where no replacement can be used because of the volume and weight import.

Where systems are old and where the HALON has remained in the systems for five or more years, it is financially viable to Recycle your HALON for system inspection. By recycling and reclaiming your HALON, the moisture present, the corrosive particles that would have occurred due to the aging of the systems, and the other foreign particles are removed.

By reclamation, the fire suppression ability is increased and it is in equal standards of newly manufactured HALON. It is a financially sound investment to Recycle your HALON because this HALON can be restored to its newly manufactured condition after your cylinders are inspected, cleaned and system integrity restored.

And, prior to refilling of the Recycled HALON, your system and cylinders are inspected, examined and hydro tested to ensure a long term performance.

How does Halon Get Contaminated ?

Halon can become contaminated because CLEAN HALON is placed into a CONTAMINATED bottle.
System charging hoses and equipment also has to be clean and dry. Some times there is no evidence of corrosion. Corrosion inside system bottle may occur if liquid water forms on top of Halon. Since water is less dense than Halon the liquid droplets of water stick to the metal surface inside the bottle. This liquid water, through HYDROLISYS can cause a ring of corrosion to form around the tube at the surface of Halon. If the corrosion to form goes through the tube can fall off inside the bottle or break off when the outlet valve opens. The pressurizing gas (Nitrogen) should also be checked for moisture content.

Reasons to have your Halon Recovered, Recycled and Reclaimed
1. Hydro test Date Expired on Cylinder
2. Periodic Inspection of Cylinder
3. Indication of System Leakage
4. Partial Discharge
5. Mechanical Damage to System Bottle
6. Indication of Pressure Corrosion

Is Halon legal
Halon was banned except for “critical” use in 1996 it is no longer legal to use halon as a gereral fire protection agent.

Who Uses Halon
Halon is now only used in critical applications, for example the in the military and on board commercial airliners

Is Halon an environmental concern
Yes, Halon was banned in 1996 as it destroys the ozone layer

What are the maintenance requirements of Halon Fire Extinguisher
To maintain Halon systems it is necessary to keep a Halon Bank, so existing systems for critical use can be refilled.

Is it legal to manufacture, buy or sell Halon 1211-1301
It is illegal to produce or sell virgin Halon. Halon can be recycled and kept in a halon bank for criticak uses only

Can I import Halon
You can import recycled Halon with a special import permit from the Ozone Cell on the United Nations

Is recycling equipment available
Yes, PGES can design and supply a recycling system that will process Halon in accordance with ISO and ASTM standards.

Are there standards for recycled halon
Yes, ISO and ASTM

What are the terms of the contract if I want to buy or sell halons through the HRC
The Halon Research Council does not sell Halon. They will direct you to an approved halon bank or recycling company

Must I now dismantle my halon fire protection system
Yes, and replace it with another system. There are many ways and systems to choose from as there is no direct replacement for Halon

Why do you recycle the Halon if you offer service for Halon destruction

Halon is worth money recycled. At the moment Halon is covered under the Montreal protocol and not the Kyoto agreement, so it cannot be destroyed for carbon credits.

What are "reclaimed refrigerants?"

They are used refrigerants cleaned by means of filtration, distillation, separation or other mechanical processes. As a result, our finished product meets the same standards as newly produced refrigerant.

Are reclaimed refrigerants inferior to newly produced refrigerants?

No. Both reclaimed and newly produced refrigerants must meet the same standards (AHRI 700) and have the same performance characteristics. Reclaimed refrigerants that have passed chemical analysis by an AHRI approved test program are considered equal to "newly produced" grade product. Always ask for complete laboratory certifications.

Is it better to pay more for newly produced refrigerant?
No. Newly produced and reclaimed products look alike, smell the same, weigh the same - are the same.

What is AHRI certification and what does that mean?

Achieving AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute) certification means that PGES meets or exceeds the standards that the AHRI has set forth.

What types of refrigerants are reclaimed to AHRI 700 Standards?

PGES reclaims R11, R12, R22, R23, R114, R123, R-134a, R500, R502, and R13B1. It is our main business to reclaim and separate refrigerants and halons and PGES  has invested in the technology and research to create advanced systems that make it possible to offer a full range of products and services that our competition does not match.