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What does the public need to know about
their local ice rink? Here are 10 FACTS
associated with safe ice arena operations:
All refrigeration plants are "regis1 tered" with the Technical
Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
TSSA's responsibilities includes: ongoing
inspection and certification of refrigeration plants and boiler systems to ensure
compliance to all Regulations, Codes and
Acts. In addition, insurance companies

will employ Boiler Inspectors who conduct additional checks for compliance
on behalf of the insurance carrier to
ensure the potential for claims
are reduced.
Not all ice arena refrigeration
2 plants are required to have provincially certified staff. Refrigeration
plants are divided into two categories:
"Attended" guarded plants and
"Unattended" guarded plants. Both reference "guarded plants," which refers to
the safety controls that are in place to
monitor pressures, heat/cold and other
mechanical/electrical function of the
equipment. Most plants over 200hp then
require "certified" staff to regularly monitor the plant. Under 200hp, the plant
operator must be deemed "competent"
as defined in the Occupational Health and
Safety Act. Note: Current regulatory flexibility allows for some arena owners to
install equipment that exceeds 200hp
and to operate without certified staff.
All registered refrigeration plants
3 must be in a contractual relationship with a recognized refrigeration
contractor that must conduct a minimum of one (1) annual maintenance
review. Although there should be an
expected positive working relationship
between the plant owner and refrigeration contractor, the regulatory compliance obligations requires that the owner
develop the plants maintenance and
upkeep plan and, direct the refrigeration
contractor as to what work is to be performed. Well-informed facility staff is
key to this relationship working.
The "owner" of a municipal "unat4 tended" refrigeration plant would
be the "Mayor and Council" or in a private operation, the "Board of Directors".
It is their responsibility to select and train
staff, as well as provide all necessary
financial resources to safely operate the
equipment to all set regulatory
compliance obligations.
A significant number of Ontario's
5 ice rinks use ammonia as the primary refrigerant. Freon (R22) is the other
substance used within the industry. In
most cases, the ammonia is contained
within the refrigeration plant room as

either a liquid or a gas. There are still a
few (aged) ice arenas in Ontario that have
ammonia present directly under the ice
sheet. If equipment is being properly
maintained and serviced and operational
staff are adequately trained the risk of a
refrigeration plant incident remains low.
Canada enjoys some of the most
6 aggressive health and safety laws
in the world. At times, the amount of
regulations and what seems to be difficulty in meeting these requirements are
debated. The reality is they are there for
human safety - usually based on past
incident, accident or death. Regulatory
compliance is not an option. Failure to
comply will have consequence.
The Fire Department is not
7 responsible for building evacuation - facility staff and those who oversee programs or facility events are. Too
many facility users fail to react when
the recreation facility emergency alarms
are activated unless they see flames.
Recreation facilities house a variety of
noxious or toxic gases that cannot be
seen. Users must accept the responsibility to safely leave the facility as required
under the Fire Code when a building
emergency alarm is activated.
Ontario's ice arenas are aging and
8 require ongoing, if not increased
funding to maintain. Users must understand they too are a stakeholder in public
safety. User fees are used to offset the
cost of public service. Very few publicly
owned ice arenas make a profit.
Generated revenues are used to off-set
general taxation required to offer
recreation opportunities.
Although there are numerous gov9 erning bodies with responsibilities
associated with safe facility operations,
the key to facility safety rests with well
informed professional facility management and staff. These professionals must
remain in tune with the shifting regulatory landscape, as well as ensuring that
the building is being operated at the highest level possible.
With FACTS 1-9 being recognized
10 and followed, Ontario's ice rinks
and all recreation facilities are safe places
to work and play.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Winter 2017

Technically Speaking
Celebrating Canada 150: City of Pickering Youth Forum, Student Mural
Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
ORFA Professional Designations
Non-Traditional Ways to Commemorate
Slip and Fall in a Municipal Pool Change Room
ORFA Regional Training
A Case for Key Safety
Energy Champion – “Dealing with your Inheritance”
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Social Media in 2017: How to Adapt to the Digital (and Visual) Age
ORFA Social Media Promo
Are Ontario’s Ice Rinks Safe?
Ice Arena Registered Refrigeration Plant Safety Bulletin
Ergonomics in the Recreation Facility Management Environment
Member Profile – Sheree Brame, Supervising Instructor Guard, Norfolk County Community Services
Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - cover1
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - cover2
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Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Technically Speaking
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 10
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 11
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Celebrating Canada 150: City of Pickering Youth Forum, Student Mural
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 13
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 14
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 15
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 17
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Non-Traditional Ways to Commemorate
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 20
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 21
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 22
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Slip and Fall in a Municipal Pool Change Room
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 25
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Regional Training
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - A Case for Key Safety
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Energy Champion – “Dealing with your Inheritance”
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 30
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 31
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Social Media in 2017: How to Adapt to the Digital (and Visual) Age
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - ORFA Social Media Promo
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 35
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Are Ontario’s Ice Rinks Safe?
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 37
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Ice Arena Registered Refrigeration Plant Safety Bulletin
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 39
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Ergonomics in the Recreation Facility Management Environment
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 41
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Member Profile – Sheree Brame, Supervising Instructor Guard, Norfolk County Community Services
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - 43
Facility Forum - Winter 2017 - Do You Have “Subjective or Objective Vertigo” from the New MOL Height Regulation?
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