Ammonia Release Incidents (2007 - 2015)
The Safety Authority of BC has released a case study of all refrigerant leaks in BC from 2007 to 2015. The document shows where and how much refrigerant was released. Of the 50 refrigerant release incidents reported to BCSA between 2007 and 2015, 40 resulted in the release of ammonia from the refrigeration system. However, only 10 incidents included reports of injuries resulting from the incident. It is important to note that BCSA receives its injury reports from operators or first responders immediately following the incident. Ammonia exposure-related injuries may develop or the negative effects resulting of exposure may increase sometime after the initial reports to BCSA.
2016 Case Study - Ammonia