Introduction to Swimming Pool Operations

This course is designed for workers who are taking care and control of a swimming pool, splash pad or who are assisting full­time facility staff in such responsibilities. All workers are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to be competent prior to performing any and all work. The OHSA defines a “competent person” as a person who, (a) is qualified because of knowledge, training and experience to organize the work and its performance, (b) is familiar with this Act and the regulations that apply to the work, and (c) has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace
More specifically, the OHSA defines the duties of employers under: Section 25. (2) Without limiting the strict duty imposed by subsection (1), an employer shall, (a) provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker; (h) take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker;
To assist employers, this course has been created to help meet the basic obligations of the OHSA. Topics will include:
Module One ­ (a) is qualified because of knowledge, training and experience to organize the work and its performance

    • Pool Circulation
    • Filtration
    • Disinfection
    • Pool Fouling
    • Water Testing Requirements

Module Two ­ (b) is familiar with this Act and the regulations that apply to the work

    • Introduction to the OHSA
      • Sample PPE relating to water and chemical safety o WHMIS ­ pool chemical safety
      • Working safely around water o Working alone
      • Violence in the workplace
      • Risks of working outdoors (inclement weather, heat stress etc.)
    • Ontario Health Protection and Promotions Act
    • Regulation 565 ­ commonly known as the “Public Pools Regulation”
    • Regulation 428 Public Spas
    • Amusement Devices Act

Module Three: (c) has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace

    • This session outlines the basic operation of a swimming pool in Ontario and includes information on the risks and hazards associated with poor water circulation, filtration and disinfection
    • This classroom based session will include a hands on demonstration on how to safely test and record pool water and:
    • When available will also include a tour of a pool filtration room.

This workshop provides an introduction to safe pool operation and outlines all workplace parties’ responsibilities in meeting OHSA Section 25. (2) Without limiting the strict duty imposed by subsection (1), an employer shall, (a) Provide information and instruction to protect the health or safety of the worker; (h) take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.
This professional development is designed to meet Ministry of Labour guidelines for acceptable training by providing:

  1. Instruction by an industry leader
  2. A resource which every participant can leave with for future reference
  3. A written test to confirm that the participant received and retained the information (passing grade is set at 60%)
  4. The final requirement of conducting workplace specific training to complete the training cycle is left with the employer