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In Sierra Leone, SLEPA Trains 25 Ozone Technicians
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Aug 30, 2010, 17:10

The Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency (SLEPA) in collaboration with the Government Technical Training Institute at Kissy Dock Yard in Freetown recently ended a two day training for members of the Refrigeration Engineering Technicians Association on how to replace ozone depleting gases to none depicting gas on a ceremony held at the institutionís campus.


Addressing the trainees, the SLEPA Ozone Officer John Solomon Kamara cited that that during the 70s, two prominent scientists from the University of California recorded that certain man-made chemicals were damaging the ozone layer. He went on that this training is designed to equip the technicians so as to be able to replace these dangerous substances to none-depleting ones. Mr. Kamara furthered that the ozone layer is twenty five kilometers above the surface of the earth called stratosphere and functions as a shade when the sun shines down on earth. According to him, later researchers have proved that the stratospheric ozone layer which protects the earth from the height level of the ultraviolet radiation from the sun is being destroyed by human activities. He said the sun also produces ultraviolet rays and that it is harmful and causes lots of damage to human beings, animals and plants, adding that it causes cancer of the skin, destroys the immune system, arteries and reproductive potentials of both plants and animals, amongst numerous other vices.


He admonished the beneficiaries to implement that which they have learnt to others and put it to practice. Mr. Kamara assured that they will work closely with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to ensure that licenses were issued to whosoever expressed interest in importing gas in- country.


Speaking to reporters at the end of the event, a lecturer at the Government Technical Training Institute, Patrick K Lahai who also doubles as a local consultant, said the ozone depicting substances has lots of adverse effects on both human beings and plants and he specifically cited certain refrigerants as being included in such categories but he said that new technology in the refrigerating industry and the importance of protecting the ozone layer have been impacted to the beneficiaries, adding that they have also learnt the dangers of such man-made chemicals and how to replace such dangerous man-made gases and chemicals with non-dangerous ones.



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