The Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Condition and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) in conjunction with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada have just completed a training workshop in Good Refrigeration Practices for local technicians. Fifteen (15) technicians participated in the two day workshop which was held on Saturday October 10 th and Saturday October 17th, 2009 at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in St. George’s.

The workshop included a theoretical component and a six (6) hour practical demonstration. This is part of Grenada’s Terminal Phase out Management Plan (TPMP) for phasing-out CFC refrigerants by the year 2010. This TPMP is administered and co-ordinated by the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Finance.

Technicians were trained on a wide range of topics related to Good Refrigeration Practices.

Among the topics covered were:

• The Montreal Protocol and the phasing out of Refrigerants

• Environmental Protection (ODP, GWP, EER)

• Working Safely with Refrigerants,

• Maintenance of RAC equipment

• Record Keeping

• Refrigerant Oils

• Methods of Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling

Practical: Use of Recovery Machines (including MAC sector), electronic identifiers, electronic scales, vacuum pumps, leak detectors etc. to conduct practical demonstration and training in:

Retrofitting Auto A/C from R12 to Natural Refrigerant

Retrofitting Split A/C to Natural Refrigerant

Retrofitting Reach- In Commercial Chiller

Retrofitting Domestic Refrigerator



The training workshop was conducted by the President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association, Mr. Michael Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is one of several locally Certified Trainers and is a Technical Consultant on the Terminal Phase-out Management Plan for CFC refrigerants with the National Ozone Unit of Grenada.

Among the participants at the training were technicians from some of the major hotels, the St. George’s University, local refrigeration and air-condition companies and private individuals. One overseas participant from the island of Tortola also attended the training.

At the end of the training the participants were evaluated by completing two examination papers and a practical examination in recovery, recycling and retrofitting. Successful participants will be provided with a Certificate of Competency in Good Refrigeration Practices by GRAVA. Unsuccessful participants will be provided with Certificates of Participation. All certificates will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of GRAVA on Thursday October 29th, 2009.

The next training workshop in Good Refrigeration Practices is scheduled for Saturday October 24th and Saturday October 31st, 2009.

To view pictures of the technicians in training please copy and paste this site in your web browser: in Good Refrigeration Practices

Following is a list of persons who received the training:

Karvin Johnson Spice Isle Beach Resort

Trevor Andrew Spice Isle Beach Resort

Dave Pierre Riley’s Electrical

Michael Fraser Courts Grenada Ltd

Joseph Parris St. George’s University

Godwin Andall St. George’s University

Nigel Greenidge St. George’s University

John Campbell St. George’s University

Learie Roberts St. George’s University

Ricardo Francis St. George’s University

Finbar Gludd Self Employed (Tortolla)

Chad Walcott Total Engineering

Keith Hosten G.G.C.S. Ltd

Melville Mitchell Geo. F. Huggins

Marlon Phillip Geo. F. Huggins