Facility Forum - Summer 2016 - (Page 23)
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
By Terry Piche, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.
id you know
that the highest
trained professionals responsible for emergency
response in every
no legal obligation to conduct or assist
in any public evacuation of buildings?
This responsibility is in fact the obligation of those who are on site at the
time of the emergency. A general duty
to safely evacuate any public building
is a regulatory responsibility under the
Ontario Fire Code (OFC). Fire prevention responsibilities are also outlined
within the OFC and supported by the
Occupational Health and Safety Act
(OHSA). Pending the type of recreation
infrastructure, additional obligations to
prepare for emergencies or to ensure
public safety may be required. For
example, section 46 of the Operating
Engineers Regulation states that, "procedures relating to training and the
operation of all equipment and systems of the plant and all emergency
procedures," must be developed.
While section 17 (1) of Regulation
565 requires, "Every owner and every
operator shall ensure that there are
written emergency and operational
procedures and instructions at the
pool to be implemented in the event
of an emergency, accident or injury
in the pool and that all lifeguards and
assistant lifeguards are trained in the
emergency and operational procedures." Failure to meet any of these
obligations will have legal accountability under the OFC and the Occupiers
Recreation Facility Fire Preparedness Checklist
The following checklist is designed to assist recreation facility professionals to better
understand their current level of basic Fire Code compliance. It should not be accepted
as a complete and final list of obligations.
Review Ontario Fire Code
Once a facility has been constructed, and in use, the
Fire Code sets out minimum upkeep and maintenance
requirements for items required under the Code.
Review National Fire Code
Details fire safety protocol for building occupants,
emergency personnel and storage of dangerous
and combustible products and chemicals.
Review Ontario Building Code
Create and maintain a positive
working relationship with
local Fire Prevention officials.
Review current staffing levels
and abilities of those who
are in-charge of the facility
when it is open to the public.
188.8.131.52. (1) There shall be sufficient supervisory staff
available in care or detention occupancies to carry
out the duties as required in the fire safety plan
Review and maintain the
facilities Fire Safety Plan.
184.108.40.206(4) The fire safety plan shall be reviewed as
often as necessary, but at intervals not greater than
12 months, to ensure that it takes account of changes
in the use and other characteristics of the building.
Has the plan considered
persons with disabilities?
Fire policy and safety plans must include specific
guidance and training on how staff will evacuate
persons requiring assistance (Section 220.127.116.11. (iv).
Does the facility have an
adequate inspection and
testing plan in place?
Check, inspect and test 18.104.22.168. (1) The checking,
inspection and testing of fire safety devices shall
be conducted in accordance with this Code
Does the facility have
an adequate logbook
to properly record all
inspections and tests?
Records 22.214.171.124. (1) If the Fire Code requires tests and corrective
measures or operational procedures to be carried out, records
shall be made and the original or a copy shall be retained at the
building premises for examination by the Chief Fire Official.
Does the facility conduct
the minimum fire drill
Frequency 126.96.36.199. (1) Fire drills as described in
Sentence 188.8.131.52. (1) shall be held at least once during
each 12-month period for the supervisory staff
Does the facility control
the accumulation of
Accumulation of combustible materials 184.108.40.206. (1)
Combustible waste materials in and around buildings
shall not be permitted to accumulate in quantities
or locations that will constitute a fire hazard
Does the facility have and
maintain proper fire resistant
levels of all curtains?
220.127.116.11. (1) Drapes, curtains, netting, and other similar
or decorative materials, including textiles and films
used in buildings, shall meet the requirements of
CAN/ULC-S109, "Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2016
Arena Lighting – The Here and Now!
Understanding the Highway Traffic Act – Demerit Points
Effective Emergency Planning
Controlling Recreation Facility Energy Vampires
Poor Aquatic Maintenance
ORFA’s Top 10 Recreational Supervisory Failures
Health & Safety (PSHSA)
Shutting Down the Refrigeration Plant for the Summer Season
Energy Savings Inside Your Refrigeration System
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Summer 2016