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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING Our Past is Often OUR NEMESIS By Terry Piche, CIT, RRFA, ORFA Technical Director There is no doubt that our business is steeped in tradition. Some traditions make sense while others, such as the familiar statement that "We have always done it that way - why change now?" are questionable. A recent discussion with a health and safety professional on the topic of draining a chiller included a review of the worker's competency to actually conduct the task. The H&S professional stated that staff were "experienced in the task," and know when to stop the process. I asked if they could prove this statement through a comprehensive trackable training process that sanctioned the worker to perform this work, or was it merely a process handed down from one generation to the next with no set training plan. I credit their recognizing that their workplace and our industry have some shortcomings when the returned response was, "I completely understand your 'experienced' comments, and question a lot as I make visits to the arenas." The H&S professional asked me, "Are you seeing staff wearing respirators for this draining process due to the low level ammonia releases?" to which I replied, "My best guess is that things have not changed much since 1986: very few operators wearing any PPE, not turning on the ventilation system, not checking in and out with someone prior to or after conducting the work, not reviewing any safety information or procedures, and no structured training. There have been some members that have moved the sticks in this regard but not many." In which camp does your operation currently fall? The aquatic industry continues to rely on a quick certification fix by hiring frontline staff that have attended and passed a few day workshops on swimming pool operation and chemistry, believing that these individuals are workplace ready - in fact, certified. We often see the results of this approach as individuals attend the ORFA Beyond the Basics aquatic training course after having obtained certification elsewhere and even having worked in a swimming pool for a while. It is not uncommon for failure on the final examination to occur. This is one of the reasons the ORFA requires a minimum of twoyears' experience with a qualified sign off by a competent person to gain any of our professional certifications as being an industry standard. It further amazes how much energy is still consumed in training classes talking about drinking in the dressing rooms or at other recreational locations. The Liquor License Act states that consumption of alcohol other than in a private residence or under the authority of a liquor license is illegal and it has said so for almost 100 years of its existence. And when someone collects a fee for providing liquor at such locations, regardless of how small of an amount, it is called bootlegging which is also illegal under the Act. What needs to be changed is the attitude of those responsible for the safe and legal operation of the facility. Many of the members that I began my career with in the late 1970s have taken their pension and moved on. I can still recall deep, late night conversations at Gyrph's at the Annual Professional Development Program at the University of Guelph regarding the "old guard" and their lack of acceptance to change and how our generation, once we gained control would make a difference. There is no doubt that we have accomplished some long-term improvements to the business of recreation, but it is obvious we have left some work behind for the next generation of practitioners. Now the question is, are they ready to leave their mark on the industry through innovation and change? It makes sense, as part of tradition, that they too plan to gather at Gyrph's and plot their takeover from today's old guard. ■ 789803_MetalAir.indd 1 | 21 FACILITY FORUM  03/02/16 7:46 PM http://www.metalair.ca http://www.metalair.ca

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

Industry Watch
Home Run Baseball Hits a Pedestrian
All Granites are Not the Same
Technically Speaking
Risk Management – City Found Not Liable in Skating Injury
Winterizing Pools
Member Profile – Ross Rankin, RA Centre, Ottawa
Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
ORFA’s Original Energy Consultant Writes Memoirs
The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
Energy Champion – Beyond Measurement
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Use of Medical Marijuana at Work Poses Challenges for Employers
Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Radon - Bill 11 Updates
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Facility Forum - Fall 2016 - The Difference between Residential and Commercial Gas Detectors
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