Frequently Asked Questions
What is Halon?
Halon is a fire suppressant agent found in both Fire Suppression Systems (Halon 1301) and Fire Extinguishers (Halon 1211). This is the most effective extinguishing agent available. Halon is a clean agent, which means it leaves no residue when used, so causes no damage to your property.
Is Halon Banned?
Halon is not banned, but it is no longer manufactured. The phase out is being discussed but no dates are set. For more information about the phase out you can read the Clean Air Act on the US EPA's website.
Who uses Halon?
Halon is still used in many applications. From protecting computer and communication rooms throughout the electronics industry, to numerous military applications on ships, aircraft and tanks, to ensuring safety on all commercial aircraft, Halon is an integral and unparalleled fire-extinguishing agent. Halon 1211 fire extinguishers play a vital role in protecting peoples' lives as well as property including homes, automobiles and boats.
What is the HRC voluntary Code of Practice?
An ethical code of practice for reclaimers of halon. This Code of Practice has been developed to assure the public that HRC Enrolled Sellers engaged in the business of halon recycling and recovery, are operating in a manner that promotes safe and environmentally responsible halon reclamation.
What are laboratory certifications?
Laboratory Certifications are proof that an agent has been tested and has passed one of the industry-accepted standards (i.e. ISO-7201 or ASTM-D5632, Type 1 or Type 2). It is standard practice that every cylinder or bulk tank of agent that is supplied by A-Gas RemTec has a laboratory certification.
Where can I buy recycled halon?
Recycled halon should only be purchased through an EPA certified reclaimer. A-Gas RemTec assists sellers wishing to dispose of halon in an environmentally friendly manner, and as well as buyers with "critical needs" who require Halon 1211 and 1301 for recharging their existing systems. A-Gas RemTec operates a comprehensive Halocarbon Bank Management Program that meets all requirements of the EPA's 1990 Clean Air Act.
What are "recycled halons?"
They are used halons cleaned by means of filtration, distillation, separation or other mechanical processes. As a result, our finished product meets the standards as set forth in ISO 7201 or ASTM D5632, Type 1 or Type 2.
What is a certified reclaimer?
A certified reclaimer is a company that has demonstrated its’ ability to meet or exceed all the requirements set forth by the U.S. EPA with regard to the reclamation of certain materials such as halons or refrigerants. In 1996 A-Gas RemTec became a certified reclaimer, licensed by the EPA, both by following rigorous testing and by demonstrating our strict adherence to all EPA requirements. Since then, we have worked hard to meet all new requirements to become a world class certified reclamation facility. We also operate in accordance with NFPA 10 and 12A standards. All work is performed according to Montreal Protocol Treaty and the Clean Air Act (amended in 1990).
I would like to remove halon from my systems. What should I do next?
Call 1-844-228-0841 and speak to one of our professionals. A-Gas RemTec makes it easy for you to sell your unwanted halon. Our Halocarbon Management Program accepts Halon 1211 and 1301 along with many CFC's, HCFC's and HFC's.
What is a Halocarbon Management Program?
A-Gas RemTec established a comprehensive Halocarbon Management Program in response to our customer's environmental and fire protection needs. We purchase, reclaim and sell recycled halocarbons, meeting or exceeding all industry standards. We only sell to "critical users" and strictly follow all regulations and laws regarding the safe handling and transportation of halogenated agents.
What if I need to dispose of my halon?
A-Gas RemTec can also help you dispose of your halon. Occasionally, owners of ozone depleting chemicals may select destruction as a preferable option, especially if their corporate policies require permanent disposal of all ODS's (Ozone Depleting Substances), Class 1 CFC's and halons. A-Gas RemTec stands ready to accept these unwanted agents for destruction. This program is located in Bowling Green, Ohio and can achieve destruction effiencies up to 99.9999%.
What size containers do you have?
We have the following containers available for both Halon 1211, Halon 1301, HFC-227ea, HFC-125, HFC-236fa and NOVEC 1230™: 50 lb. 100 lb. 200 lb. 300 lb. 500 lb. 1000 lb. 1 ton (2000 lb.)
Can I buy a cylinder of unreclaimed or unprocessed halon?
No; When you buy a system container of halon that has not been recycled and laboratory tested, you cannot be assured of what is in it. A-Gas RemTec takes great pride in selling only recycled and laboratory certified products. Always demand laboratory certifications for each tank or cylinder containing halon.
Frequently Asked Questions - Tanks
How often does a cylinder require retesting?
It is dependent on the type of cylinder and type of service of the cylinder. Most industrial cylinders require testing every 5 years. For further information call us at 800-372-1301.
What type of cylinders does A-Gas RemTec retest?
A-Gas RemTec is approved to retest 3A, 3AA, 3AL 4B, 4BA, 4BW and tons series containers.
What United States federal agency governs hydrostatic testing?
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) governs laws and practices used by hydrostatic testing facilities.
What Canadian federal agency governs hydrostatic testing?
Transport Canada (TC) governs laws and practices used when hydrostatic testing TC rated cylinders. All United States required permits would be completed by A-Gas RemTec.