A WORKSHOP to train technicians on good practices in servicing refrigeration and air-conditioning systems was organised by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Jefri Bolkiah Technical College (MKJB).
The two-day workshop began on October 1 at MKJB in Kuala Belait. This was the ninth time such training was held in the country. As a national focal point for Montreal Protocol on the issues relating to the substances that deplete the ozone layer and global warming, JASTRe has worked together with MKJB and UNEP to raise awareness on the importance of proper procedures in servicing cooling systems, and practically improve the installation and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) units as well as educating the technicians on the impact of refrigerants which are categorised as the ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse chemical.
It is part of Brunei Darussalam’s Hydro-chlorofluorocarbon Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP) project under the Montreal Protocol. Three master trainers from MKJB were invited to facilitate the workshop.
So far, 99 technicians from various refrigeration and air-conditioning service companies in Brunei Darussalam were trained for the HPMP project. On the first day, the technicians were well-informed on the environmental and human health impact, safety and handling issues of RAC. On the second day, the participants were assessed theoretically and practically to check their understandings during the course. Similar training programmes will be conducted throughout 2014 to 2015 to accommodate all technicians from registered RAC service companies in the four districts.