Two of Grenada’s refrigeration and air-condition technicians returned home on the week end after attending a three (3) day training workshop in Hydrocarbon Refrigerants and Technology for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians in Belize from October 13th – 15th, 2009.

The two (2) technicians who attended the workshop are Mr. Michael Cadore, refrigeration and air-condition lecturer at T A Marryshow Community College and Mr. Henry Frederick attached to the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The workshop was organized by the National Ozone Unit in the Department of the Environment of Belize in collaboration with the UNDP Country Office in the form of a train the trainers’ workshop. The practical sessions of the workshop were held at the refrigeration workshop of the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) in Belize City.

Mr. Daniel Colbourne, International Consultant from the United Kingdom , conducted the workshop on alternative refrigerants with emphasis in Hydrocarbon technology specifically targeting refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.

The participants were exposed to training in the following areas:

• Theoretical and practical sessions on replacement of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) with hydrocarbons.

• Practical applications of Hydrocarbons in the refrigeration servicing sector.

• The safe handling and equipment design for hydrocarbon refrigerants.

• Methodology for the conducting risk assessments for systems and equipment using hydrocarbon refrigerants.

Prior to the workshop, site visits to different refrigeration installations and a stakeholder consultation with refrigerant importers, technicians, and government officials were conducted.

The two local technicians would be conducting similar workshops to impart the knowledge and information gained to local technicians during the month of November.