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Environmental awareness training and certification is required under the Manitoba Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation (MR 103/94). The focus of this environmental awareness training course is on the reduction and elimination of emissions of regulated refrigerants into the atmosphere.

This training has been designed as a technical resource for persons, technicians and service personnel who have practical work experience or are involved in the purchase of products or the handling or servicing of equipment containing or intended to contain ozone-depleting substances (ODS) or halocarbon alternatives, and require certification to comply with Manitoba’s legislation. Persons from various industry sectors requiring training and certification include, but are not limited to, mobile air conditioning (domestic and agricultural), mobile refrigeration (trucking and transport), and residential, commercial or industrial air conditioning or refrigeration stationary systems.

Environmental awareness training is intended to provide participants with information on the safe use, handling, and reduction of emissions of ODS and other halocarbons into the environment, Codes of Practice, regulatory requirements and other relevant environmental and regulatory issues. To ensure continued environmental protection, the benefits of servicing equipment through recovery of all refrigerants for the purpose of reuse, recycling, reclamation or destruction should be recognized.

Persons who are trained and certified under MR 103/94 are encouraged to maintain their awareness of current technology, codes, regulations and other relevant legislation on an on-going basis. This training course provides a variety of resources for further reference.

This training course should be used as one element of supplementing knowledge within one’s broader occupation or trade. Environmental awareness training and certification does not recognize, license or imply persons as “trade qualified”. Apprenticeship and trades training is separate from this training. In addition, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) information is not addressed in any detail within this course. However, when working with ODS and other halocarbons, it is important to recognize and practice workplace, health and safety-related procedures.

Your role in protecting the environment is important. As you further your career in the air conditioning or refrigeration sector, take time to recognize that your actions may affect many others.