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Specialist uses of ODS

Specialist uses of ODS


Some specialist manufacturing activities used to use ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Most uses are now banned or severely restricted

New guidance from GOV.UK:
Fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances: how to do business from 1 January 2021


What you must do

The use of ODS is banned in the manufacture of:

  • Metered dose inhalers (MDIs) and electronics
  • Aerosols and One Component Foam (OCF)
  • Insulation foam.


The use of methyl bromide is banned as a plant protection fumigant. It was used mainly for soil sterilisation and to fumigate food storage areas. It has been completely banned in the EU since 2009.


In this guideline

What are ozone-depleting substances?

Stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps: ODS controls

Fire protection equipment

Solvent cleaning

Specialist uses of ODS

How ODS regulations are enforced

Certificates for working with ODS in the European Union after the end of the Brexit transition period

ODS Legislation

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