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BUILDINGS & GROUNDS Effective Emergency Planning By Terry Piche, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. D id you know that the highest trained professionals responsible for emergency response in every community have 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 Liability Act. 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. Item Legislative Obligation 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. (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. 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 (iv). Does the facility have an adequate inspection and testing plan in place? Check, inspect and test (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 (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 requirements? Frequency (1) Fire drills as described in Sentence (1) shall be held at least once during each 12-month period for the supervisory staff Does the facility control the accumulation of combustible materials? Accumulation of combustible materials (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? (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 FACILITY FORUM | 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2016

Industry Watch
Arena Lighting – The Here and Now!
The Cemeterian
Understanding the Highway Traffic Act – Demerit Points
Effective Emergency Planning
Controlling Recreation Facility Energy Vampires
Risk Management
Poor Aquatic Maintenance
Pool Fouling
Member Profile
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
Energy Champion
Index of Advertisers

Facility Forum - Summer 2016