EQPB hosted the first in a series of four (4) virtual trainings on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  The focus of these 4 trainings is to build capacity and awareness on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for working with flammable refrigerant.  Specifically, the proper application and handling of flammable refrigerants used to service and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning units.  These trainings offer practical assistance to HVAC technicians to ensure the safe handling and proper use of these type of refrigerant leakages. 

Flammable refrigerant such as hydrocarbons, propane, and ammonia, are the new series of chemicals to replace Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) such as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which is a non-ODS but has a very high Global Warming Potential (GWP).  High concentration of Chlorine and Bromine found in these refrigerants have been documented to cause the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.  This results in the decreased atmospheric absorption of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.  This increases exposure to the harmful UVB-type rays which is linked to the rise of health risks in the form of skin cancer and cataracts as well as damage to plants and marine ecosystems.

A total of 25 technicians took part in the first training or Module 1 on May 4.  The subject of this first trainings was: Good Practices in reducing leakage in systems. Module 2 will be held on May 11 and the topic will be:  Alternative Refrigerants including working with flammable refrigerants. Module 3 is scheduled for May 14 and will cover:  RAC (Refrigeration Air Condition) Installation for efficiency and reliability.  Module 4 will follow on May 21 and will focus on: Repair and Maintenance.  EQPB extends an invitation to technicians from government agencies, hotels, and other businesses that handle refrigeration and air conditions to contact the EQPB office to register for the upcoming trainings.  These trainings will help us reduce further damage to our ozone layer, as well as result in savings in the cost for maintenance and equipment.  This is a true win-win situation for the environment, businesses, and customers alike.

This series of training is made possible through funds from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The Fund is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth’s ozone layer for countries that are Parties to the Montreal Protocol, such as Palau.  Activities funded include technical assistance, information dissemination, training and capacity building aimed at phasing out the ODS used in a broad range of sectors.  Also funded under this scheme is the trainer, Mr. Michael Moller of the Praxis Vocational out of Brunswick, Australia. 

For more information on regulations, permits, trainings, and other activities we can do to protect our environment, please call EQPB at 488-1639/3600.  You can also visit https://www.palaugov.pw/eqpb for more information on the nine (9) regulations EQPB is authorized to promulgate, implement, and enforce.

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