The e-waste management project (E-MAGIN) funded by the European Union organised a Training of Trainers and Capacity building workshops for selected Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) from the e-waste sector in Ghana.
The purpose of the training programme was to equip Trainers and MSMEs in the e-waste sector with skills on the Environmental, Health and Safety and the stipulations of the Act 917 on such issues.
Participants were mainly drawn from the Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta Regions of Ghana: Greater Accra and Ashaiman Scrap Dealers Association, Ho and Koforidua Scrap Dealers Association, Koforidua Mobile Phone repairers Association, National Air-conditioning Refrigeration Workshop Owners Association (NARWOA) and the Ghana Electronic Services Technicians Association (GESTA).
Ms Leticia Abra-Kom Nyaaba and Ms Vivian Ahiayibor, the facilitators of the workshop explained the types of e-waste, their impact on the environment and how to manage them. Other issues also discussed included the components of electronic products, their sound disposal after use, personal protective equipment and how to establish collection centres.
Professor Rosemond Boohene in her closing remarks encouraged the participants to be Ambassadors of E-MAGIN project which aimed at building their capacity on the proper environmental, health and safety (EHS) management at their work places.
E-MAGIN is a 48-month project which is funded with a grant from the European Union to improve the management of electronic waste in Ghana. The project is being implemented by the University of Cape Coast, Adelphi Research Germany, Ghana National Cleaner Production Centre and City Waste Recycling Limited.