Best practices in refrigeration, air conditioning servicing highlighted

Daniel Lim

A workshop on good practices in servicing refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) systems was recently organised by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe), with the cooperation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Sultan Bolkiah Campus (SBC).

More than 20 technicians participated in the workshop held at the IBTE SBC in Seria, where they were divided into two groups, one taking part on December 14 and 16, while the other on December 15 and 17.

The workshop was conducted by master trainers Muhammad Burhanuddin bin Haji Musa and Hajah Wardiahni binti Ismail from IBTE. They were aided by two RAC students, Muhammad Norfaris Hanam bin Haji Ashari and Calvin Sim Hau Peng.

On the first day, the technicians were briefed on issues ranging from environmental and human health issues to safety, to the handling of RAC units and their refrigerants.

On the second day, the participants were assessed theoretically and practically, in order to check their understanding of the course content.

As the national focal point for Montreal Protocol on issues relating to substances that deplete the ozone layer, JASTRe together with IBTE, raise awareness and educate technicians on the importance of proper procedures in installing and servicing cooling systems such as RACs, including the best practices on installing and servicing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

This is in line with Brunei Darussalam’s Hydro-chlorofluorocarbon Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) and Enabling Activities for Hydrofluorocarbon Phase-down under the Montreal Protocol.

More than 200 technicians from refrigeration and air-conditioning service companies have been trained under this joint effort. The public is also encouraged to consult these trained technicians, to ensure a proper installation and servicing of RAC units.

ABOVE & BELOW: Participants during the workshop. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM