mof-5.jpgSt. George’s, Grenada. August 28, 2017: Twenty (20) refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) technicians from across the sub-region participated in a four-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop and certification on low-Global Warming Potential (GWP), flammable refrigerant (Hydrocarbons) technology at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) from August 22nd – 25th, 2017.

Most of the low-GWP refrigerants that are currently entering the RAC sector are flammable gases and must be handled differently and under the strictest safety conditions.  These refrigerants in addition to being ozone and climate friendly have the additional benefit of being more energy efficient than the gases that they are replacing and their use in increasing at a very fast rate. RAC technicians therefore need to be properly equipped with the knowledge and experience in handling these flammable gases.

The training was conducted by Mr. Marino Bassi of the Centro Studi Galileo, Italy.  All twenty participants from the five participating countries (Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname and Grenada) were successful in their theoretical and practical examinations and would be certified in this technology.  The participants would also receive certification according to “Regulation (CE) No. 303/2008 by the European Commission”.  The latter certification would allow the technicians practice in any European country and in several other countries worldwide where the certification is accepted. These are the first technicians in the region to obtain this certification.

The four (4) day training constituted two days of theoretical work, one day of practical work and one day for theoretical and practical examination.  Among the many topics covered were: recovering and recycling of refrigerants, charging refrigerants, evacuation of systems, leak testing, risk assessment and general safety requirements

This training is part of the implementation activities of a regional project to train technicians in alternative ozone and climate friendly technologies in the RAC Sector and was facilitated by the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Funding was provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.