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Standards workshopmedfrod smith

Panama City, Panama: Acting Director of the Grenada Bureau of Standards, Mr. Robert Medford and National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith attended the Thematic Workshop on Enabling National Conditions for the adoption of Standards in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (RAC) Sector in the Caribbean from October 14-16, 2014. The workshop which was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP, ROLAC) had in attendance representatives from several of the islands of the Ozone Network of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti, including Refrigeration and Standards experts.

Several relevant topics related to the establishment of Standards in the RAC sector were presented to the participants. These topics include: The National and Regional Standardization Process, The Link between the RAC Sector and the standardization Process, National, Regional and International Standards related to the RAC sector, Legal requirements for the adoption of Refrigeration Standards at the National Level and Lessons learnt in the adoption of Standards.

Among the presenters were, Standards officials from the Caribbean Regional Organization of Standards and Quality (CROSQ), experts from the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, National Ozone Officers and representatives from National Standards Bodies throughout the region.

This workshop resulted from discussions on the establishment of Standards for the RAC Sector at a recently held Sub-regional Meeting of Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti held in Suriname earlier in the year. The aim being to enable National Ozone Units to adopt the necessary national standards for the RAC Sector to help mitigate against illegal trade in Ozone Depleting substances and to adequately address the safety issues with the alternative flammable refrigerants.

The establishment of standards is a key activity in the phase out management plans for HCFCs by all countries.  From the discussions and conclusions from the working groups, it was agreed that a regional approach will be taken to to establish in the first instance the following standards: Labeling Standards for Refrigerant Containers, Labeling Standards for RAC Equipment and Standards for Safe Handling, Storage and Transportation of refrigerants.

Hubbards

St. George’s, Grenada: Seven (7) prominent businesses in Grenada involved in the supply of refrigerants and/or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment were recognized and awarded for their invaluable contribution and outstanding efforts in the protection of the Ozone Layer.

As part of the activities planned by the National Ozone Unit (NOU), Energy Division, Ministry of finance and Energy on September 16th to commemorate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the businesses were each presented with an Ozone Layer Protection award.

The businesses receiving the awards were those who consistently participated in the programs and initiatives of the National Ozone Unit to phase out the consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Grenada as well as those who through their own initiatives introduced alternative ozone friendly products and technologies.  The businesses that have been recognized and awarded were those that have also already discontinued the importation and sale of equipment that utilizes ozone depleting substances.

During the week of International Ozone Day, these businesses participated in the “Ozone Cool Spot Promotion” that featured the ozone friendly products and services they offer.

The seven businesses that were awarded were: Jonas Browne & Hubbard (G’da) Ltd., Courts Grenada, L A Purcell, CoolingTech Grenada Limited, B L International, SP’s International Trading and SNJ Electrical.  The awards were presented by National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith.

 National Ozone Unit Presents Tool-kits to the TA Marryshow Community College

tamccSt. George’s, Grenada:  September 16th, 2014 was commemorated by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.  As part of the activities planned to recognize this day, the National Ozone Unit in its continued support to the Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning (HVAC) program at the T A Marryshow Community College presented the College with toolkits needed by the students to enhance the learning experience there.

On Thursday September 17th, National Ozone Officer, Leslie Smith, in a short ceremony, presented the tool kits to Dean, Marlene Findlay, who received on behalf of TAMCC, in the presence of faculty staff and year 1 and year 2 students of the HVAC class.

Among the items presented in the kits were: multi-meters, thermometers, tube cutters, screw drivers, pliers, electrical testers, goggles and refrigerant manifold gauges.

Over the years the NOU has made similar presentations to TAMCC, including the presentation of over thirty (30) scholarships to students to pursue the HVAC program at the college.