About us.

We specialise in Bespoke Natural Refrigeration Safety Training, On site Auditing, Technical Writing of SOPS Incident Specific ERP & Emergency Management of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

Gauge Refrigeration Management Ltd was founded in 2016, to provide our New Zealand PCBUs and international clients who design, install, commission, own, operate or maintain ammonia refrigeration plant, with advanced technical guidance, safety inspection and industry training. We are a truly independent and nationally accredited ammonia refrigeration management company that offers impartial, unbiased ammonia plant safety inspections, without the performance influences and targets of a parent company. All of our inspectors are trade-qualified engineers with many years of plant operations and maintenance experience and who are also qualified in workplace health and safety management systems. Our team are trained in ammonia plant inspections to the highest standards and are experts in their field, ensuring our clients receive the best possible advice, services and quality guarantees.

Gauge Refrigeration Management Ltd is committed to total customer satisfaction and aims to provide our clients with a level of risk management expertise that helps ensure our clients fulfil their duties under all health and safety legislation. Every client will receive a personal, efficient and
friendly service, in conjunction with a reliable, time-efficient and expert inspection that will not impact on workflow. Our services will help our clients eliminate so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety risks that are associated with ammonia refrigeration plant by working alongside our clients, providing a proficient technical safety resource that keeps everyone
safe and protects the client from ammonia refrigeration noncompliance. With Gauge Refrigeration Management Ltd overseeing our client’s ammonia refrigeration plant’s safety, they can be assured that their ammonia refrigeration plant is operating safely, efficiently and compliant.  

Padraic (Paddy) Durham M.IRHACE, M.IIAR

Paddy has 22 years’ experience Installing, servicing and maintaining Ammonia Refrigeration systems here in New Zealand and abroad. 

Aside from Paddy's decades of practical application and technical ability, his expertise lies with presenting refrigeration and safety in a fun, simple and digestible language to a diverse range of audiences.  

With his foundation of knowledge and vast range of resources developed, he is able to resolve your complex issues with technical writing expeditiously and can deliver the best possible learning outcomes for your people. 

Emergency Management for all.

This week we have been luck enough to deliver our Trigger Action Response Planning (TARP) to a team of engineers and supervisors.in Suva Fiji.  Trigger Action Response Planning was developed by NewRead more

Chilling with - Dennis Carswell

In light of the upcoming World Refrigeration Day this month, I thought no time was more suited to interview a few special individuals that have been valiantly keeping Aotearoa's refrigeration IndustRead more

World Refrigeration Day

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Trainers worlds apart join forces to deliver Ammonia Safety day in Cape Town

On the 25th of April Andrew Perks and I delivered an Ammonia Safety day in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa.  The day had received a great turn out given the short notice, Andrew, Jill andRead more

Are you ready to work with Hydrocarbons?

Are you ready for Hydrocarbons? Do you know their properties, their dangers and how to work with them? Do you have the knowledge, practical skills and experience to safely work with HCs? If youRead more


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Gauge turns two today !

I wish to thank all our customers for the continued support and opportunity to provide advice and a way forward. Letting us train your workers and inspiring them to look at safety differently is theRead more

Do you have to notify Worksafe for an Ammonia leak?

In short, unless you know the local concentration, Ammonia leaks must be reported to Worksafe and they must also be investigated internally.  This is a tricky subject that will no doubt spark someRead more

Photonic Innovation FLD Sale

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Refrigeration Engineer Wanted

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Ammonia Safety Day Auckland 2018

Ammonia Safety Day Auckland 2018 lots of great discussions taking place. Unfortunately very little industry participation which was very interesting since this type of event hasn't occurred inRead more

When was the last time you stress tested your emergency response plan ?

Currently in New Zealand, Ammonia used in a refrigeration system is exempt from many of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017. There are however very clearRead more


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