Fire Extinguishers & Fire Suppression Systems
Only those fire protection systems sold or in use in New Brunswick before October 4, 1992, can contain an ODS that has an "ozone depletion potential" greater than 0.05. No system can be "topped up" or refilled with such an ODS, without the permission of the Minister.
These rules apply to both portable extinguishers and larger fixed systems. The only exceptions are systems for fire protection of aircraft, military tactical vehicles, and military boats or ships.
Reporting Releases of ODS
An owner of a fixed fire suppression system containing an ODS must report any releases to the Minister within 2 weeks of the event. The report must be made in writing, on forms provided by the Department. This is required whether the release happened by accident or in fighting a fire.
Reporting ODS Supplies
An owner of one or more fire protection devices that contain a total of more than 4 kilograms of ODS must notify the Minister of that fact. Notice of this was required in writing before December 15, 1998.
Packaging, Wrapping & Containers
No packaging products in New Brunswick, including food and beverage containers, can contain or be made by a process that uses any Class 1 ODS.
Plastic Foam & Rigid Insulation
Plastic foam and rigid insulation cannot contain any Class 1 ODS or be made by a process that uses these substances. No products that contain such foam or insulation can be brought into New Brunswick, or be made, sold, or used here.
This does not include home refrigerators and freezers that were in New Brunswick before 1996, and other types of products that were in the province before 1994.
Methyl chloroform is the only ODS which can be used as solvents. After 1999, methyl chloroform will be allowed only for some specialized uses, as in a laboratory.
Sterilization systems, including those used for medical equipment, can not contain a Class 1 ODS unless the system completely recovers and recycles all of the substance.