In a bid to protect the Ozone Layer from depletion, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has begun a three-day training forum for refrigeration and air-conditioned technicians in the country.
EPA is the principle authority for implementing the national environmental policy and sustainable management law for the protection of natural resources in Liberia. Speaking to reporters at the start of the training last Thursday, 13 July the Focal Point for Montreal Protocol on Substances depleting the Ozone Layer, Mr. Sete F. Marshall, says the exercise is in fulfillment of the EPA's duty of protecting the environment for the betterment of all.
According to him, the training brings together refrigeration technicians under the banners of National Refrigeration Union of Liberia. "We are only performing our duty. We have the mandate, under the law to ensure that those substances that deplete the Ozone Layer are completely done away with," notes Mr. Marshall.
"This is bringing together people who are involved in the refrigeration and air-conditioned industry. I am talking about those technicians in the area. The aim is to train them so that they can be abreast with the new changes that have taken place in the sector. There are changes and technicians are to be abreast with those changes that continue to take place," he states.
"Some of those chemicals that they once used are now hazardous and they need to know much of these kinds of chemicals and their management. For instance hydrocarbon is a new type of chemical that does not pollute our environment and they need to know about this kind of new chemical," the EPA official explained.
Mr. Sete stresses that acquisition of such knowledge will not only save Liberia, but the rest of the world from danger. Lead Trainer, and Head of the Electrical Department at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center or M.V.T.C. Mr. Sackie Y. Paye, welcomes the training by the EPA and indicates that it was necessary for students who are involved in refrigeration repairs.
The training is about how to handle hydro carbon, and their usages, including the working of the substance. The lead trainer says the hydro carbon bein in existence but due to the danger it has, people had to abandoned it and use oxygen.
"EPA has embarked on this training because of the new refrigens that are coming are hazardous and flammable and in order to get rid of that you must have trained technician that will adequately handle the matter."