THE Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering (MKJB) jointly organised a workshop to train technicians on good practices in servicing refrigeration and air-conditioning systems from November 5 to 6 at the college premises in Kuala Belait.
This was the 11th time such a training was held in the country. The workshop was held as part of national efforts to support the Montreal Protocol on issues relating to substances that deplete the ozone layer and global warming. The training served 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. It also educated technicians on the impact of refrigerants which are categorised as the ozone-depleting substances and green house chemicals. This training programme is part of Brunei Darussalam’s Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) project under the Montreal Protocol. Three master trainers from MKJB conducted the two-day course.
Overall, 118 technicians from various refrigeration and air-conditioning service companies in Brunei Darussalam have been trained in this joined collaborative effort.
On the first day, technicians were well-informed on the environmental and human health impacts, safety and handling issues of RAC units. The participants were assessed theoretically and practically to check their understanding on the course during the second day.
Similar training programmes will be conducted throughout 2014 and 2015 to accommodate all refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians from registered RAC service companies nationwide.