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AQUATICS

Risk Management

Guidelines

for Water Recreational Equipment
Areas (Spray/Splash Pads)

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pray and splash pad facilities are popping up all
over Ontario as a popular recreation experience.
They are often viewed
by community decision
makers as a low-cost
recreation asset that offers a safe water
experience with little to no obligations
for certified aquatic staff. The presence
of no standing water; no need for personal floatation devices or related poolsafety equipment; and no need for any
swimming experience by the user are all
variables that lead to the conclusion that
trained staff and relaxed owner responsibilities are associated with this facility.
Given that these areas are designed to
attract young persons, nothing could be
farther from the truth.
Currently, these features are not specifically regulated under the Public Pools
Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565) or the
Public Spas Regulation (O. Reg. 428/05).
However, the Safe Water Program,
Recreational Water Protocol under the
Ontario Public Health Standards used
both documents when creating the
"Operating Procedures for Non-Regulated

Recreational Water Facilities Guidance
Document." Since 2009, the Ontario
Public Health Standards, which must
be enforced by health units, require
splash pads to be inspected at least twice
per year and not less than every three
months while operating.
This Guidance document was designed
to assist local boards of health with promoting the safe operation and use of
non-regulated recreational water facilities through their inspection activities.
Non-regulated recreational water facilities covered under this guidance document include public wading pools, spray
pads/splash pads, and water slide receiving basins. It is strongly recommended
that all splash pad owner/operators carefully review this guideline to create an
effective inspection and maintenance
plan for their spray and splash pads.
Inclusion in recreation is a legal obligation. It is important that the spray/splash
pad be designed for all persons to participate and that staff ensure that ease of
access is maintained. Often recreational
experiences that are promoted as low
maintenance are given less priority by
owners and operational staff. It further

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provides a false sense of low risk to the
user. All owner/operators of these facilities are encouraged to remain diligent
in their efforts to ensure that a safe play
environment is offered and maintained.
As always, owners must consider
their responsibilities under the Occupiers
Liability Act, which states that an "occupier
of premises owes a duty to take such care
as in all the circumstances of the case is
reasonable to see that persons entering on
the premises, and the property brought on
the premises by those persons are reasonably safe while on the premises."1
As an example, in July 2015, there was
a news report of an injury to a one year
old child at a splash pad in Georgetown,
Ontario. The child had stepped on a hot
metal grate located near the splash pad
and sustained second degree burns to his
feet and a minor burn to one of his hands.2
In 2005, there were 425 confirmed
cases of Cryptosporidium (a gastrointestinal illness) that occurred at Seneca Lake
Park in New York. The Cryptosporidium
was traced back to untreated water in
tanks that supplied the splash pad. While
chlorine kills most germs, it doesn't
work instantly. Some germs are killed



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2017

Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
Water Use in Turfgrasses
Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
Effective Human Resources Management
Energy Champion – Time to Plan
Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - cover1
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - cover2
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 7
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Water Use in Turfgrasses
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 18
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 21
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Effective Human Resources Management
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Energy Champion – Time to Plan
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 31
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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