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HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISORY
FOR BUILDING OWNERS AND FACILITY MANAGERS

Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
If a hazard to a worker is present, it is the responsibility of the employer and supervisor to take
reasonable precautions to protect the worker.
Building owners and facility managers can be employers under the Occupational Health and
Safety Act.
"Employer" means a person who employs one or more workers or contracts for the
services of one or more workers and includes a contractor or subcontractor who
performs work or supplies services and a contractor or subcontractor who undertakes with
an owner, constructor, contractor or subcontractor to perform work or supply
services. (R.S.O. 1990, c.O.1, s.1 (1))

Fall Hazards
Falls are a leading cause of workplace
injury, and employers bear responsibility
to prevent these falls. In-house
maintenance personnel and outside
contractors require safe access to
cooling towers and evaporative
condensers.
To reduce the risk of falls, manufacturers
offer permanent ladders and platforms
for safe access. Building owners and
facility managers can be held responsible
when safety equipment is missing.

Installation
Cooling towers and evaporative condensers must be installed in accordance with the Canadian Standard
CSA B52-13 "Mechanical Refrigeration Code", which states:
The safe inspection and maintenance of refrigeration system equipment shall be provided in at least
one of the following ways:
(a) Floor-mounted equipment shall be installed in a manner that allows sufficient clearance around
the equipment for safe maintenance and service.
(b) Equipment that is not accessible from floor level shall be installed so that it can be safely reached
i. by a permanently installed staircase(s) or ladder(s) with a platform(s) and railings meeting the
workplace safety requirements of the jurisdiction where the equipment is installed; or
ii. by a mobile device(s) for lifting personnel to the equipment. The use of such a device, as an
alternative to the fixed means of access specified in Item (b)(i), shall be permitted only if it is

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

ORFA Regional Training
Heritage Highlight: Varsity Arena – University of Toronto
Cemeterian: The Operation and Preservation of Cemeteries in Ontario and the Importance of Cemetery Care and Maintenance Trust Fund/Accounts
Technical Support Renewed
ORFA Professional Designations
Energy Champion – Taking Action
Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
Electrical Hazards: The Importance of Lock-Out/Tag-Out
Slip and Fall Outside of a Community Centre
Winds of Change
Recreation Facilities Asset Management
Member Profile – Kevin Gale, CIT, RRFS Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
ACC Facility Post-Season Scheduling Challenges
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ORFA Regional Training
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Heritage Highlight: Varsity Arena – University of Toronto
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 12
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Cemeterian: The Operation and Preservation of Cemeteries in Ontario and the Importance of Cemetery Care and Maintenance Trust Fund/Accounts
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 15
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Technical Support Renewed
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 17
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Energy Champion – Taking Action
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 20
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 21
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Electrical Hazards: The Importance of Lock-Out/Tag-Out
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Slip and Fall Outside of a Community Centre
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 31
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 32
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Winds of Change
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 34
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 35
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Member Profile – Kevin Gale, CIT, RRFS Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 38
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 39
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ACC Facility Post-Season Scheduling Challenges
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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