E-News 2019

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November/December

Release Date

  • Ice Resurfacer Driver Killed In Rollover Accident At Work
  • If You Think Work Boots Are All the Same - Think Again 
  • OHSA Non-Compliance Costs
  • Public Holidays: Christmas, Boxing Day & New Year's Day
December 24 
  • Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum
  • Plans Announced For The Old Windsor Area
  • Do You Have Policy for Safely Dealing with Blood and Body Fluids?
  • Community Sharps Disposal Bins to be Installed in Hamilton Parks
  • Increased Use of Portable Skate Sharpeners in Ice Rinks
December 16 
  • ORFA 2019 Awards and Recognition Announcement
  • ORFA 2019 Annual Report
  • ORFA Discussion Board
  • ORFA Online Store
  • December 6 
    • FACILITY ALERT – Ice Resurfacer Magnetic Blade Change Safety Tool Failures 
    • Hot Tub Displays and Legionella Risk – Guidance for Environmental and Public Health Practitioners
    • Ministry of Labour, New Name, Expanded Mandate
    • Fall From Ladder Injures Workers, Landscaper Employer Fined $45,000
    • Seeking Member Input Regarding Perma-Frost Ice Pad Build-up
    November 29
    • Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum - Registration Opens
    • Ontario Turfgrass Symposium
    • ORFA Online Store 
    November 15
    • Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum - Registration Opens
    • Ontario Turfgrass Symposium
    • ORFA Online Store 
    November 8
    • FREE Event - 2019 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting
    • NEW - ORFA Accessibility and Inclusion Award
    • Recreation Facility Asset Management (RFAM) Update
    • Meet the 2019 Kraft Heinz Project Play Grand Prize Winner
    • Cooling Tower Legionella Outbreak
    November 1 

    October

    Release Date

    • ORFA Award and Recognition Winners – Now Includes $1,000 Training Credit
    • ORFA Online Store Now Open For Business
    • Announcing Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum 2020
    October 25
    • You Have the Power to Save A Life: Please Consider Becoming an Organ and Tissue Donor! 
    • Policy Review Recommendation - Ice Arena Net Anchoring Systems
    • Community, Culture and Recreation Funding Webinar
    • How the Zamboni Changed the Game for Ice Rinks
    • Get ready for Kraft Heinz Project Play voting weekend - October 18-20!
    • Checking Drivers Licence Just Got Easier
    October 18
    • Digital Version of Fall Facility Forum Magazine
    • ORFA Online Store Open For Business
    • Technical Standards & Safety Authority Moves to Improve Safety in Ontario with Launch of Support Program
    • New FCM Report Finds Canadian Public Infrastructure “at risk"
    • ParticipACTION – Impact Report
    • OMHA Looks at USA Hockey Format To Keep Kids in the Game
    October 11 
    • Thanksgiving Day Public Holiday – October 14
    • City Time Theft Results in Job Loss and Suspensions for 15
    • RFAM - Asset Management Software Gains National Traction
    • Global Esports Economy Will Top $1 Billion for the First Time in 2019
    October 7 
    Technical Standards & Safety Authority Moves to Improve Safety in Ontario with Launch of Support Program

    August/September

    Release Date

    • Thanksgiving Day Public Holiday – October 14
    • City Time Theft Results in Job Loss and Suspensions for 15
    • RFAM - Asset Management Software Gains National Traction
    • Global Esports Economy Will Top $1 Billion for the First Time in 2019
    September 20 
    • ORFA Board of Directors Visit Town of Petawawa and CFB Petawawa
    • 2019/20 Ice Season Starts With Assault Charges at Rink
    • CBC Marketplace Episode Raises Public Spaces Bacteria Questions
    • ORFA Calls for Improved Personal Protective Equipment Use Commitment by All Members
    September 13 
    • Special Milestone Recognition - Bill Vass
    • Raptors Parade Drone Pilot Fined by Transport Canada
    • Know the Rules of Posting Election Signs on Public Property
    • Handling Facility Evictions Correctly
    September 6 
    • The Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR) stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) will launch on September 3, 2019
    • Current Facility Advertising Policies Include Vaping Restrictions?
    • Reminder: Regular Facility Roof Inspection and Maintenance Are Key to Maximum Lifecycle
    • 30 Para Hockey Players Invited to Calgary to Compete for Spots on Team Canada Roster
    • New Vancouver Swimming Pool Not for the Faint of Heart
    August 30 
    • REMINDERS: Hanging Clocks, Speakers and Other Suspended Items Requires Annual Inspection
    • Facility Hot Water Tanks are Guaranteed… to Fail
    • Installing New Nets to Hockey Frames Correctly is a Skill
    • Working Safely Around the Open Water of a Pool Deck
    August 23 
    • Kraft Heinz Project Play Program Offers $250,000 for Recreation Facility Upgrades
    • New and Young Worker Blitz
    • Beat the Heat!
    • Recent Calgary Splash Pad Closure Reminds all Owners of Contamination Risks
    • North Bay Rolls Out Accessibility Mat at Marathon Beach
    August 16 
    • Slips, Trips and Falls
    • No More Smoking Areas at City of Greater Sudbury Arenas
    • 2019/20 Seasonal Oval Ice Installation Pictures
    • ORFA Video Library Updated
    August 9
    • NEW! ORFA Accessibility and Inclusion Award
    • Assessing the Impact of Cyanuric Acid on Bather’s Risk of Gastrointestinal Illness at Swimming Pools
    • Time to Review and Update Facility Exit Signs
    • Do Hand Dryers Hurt Children’s Ears?
    • E-Scooters Are Next Possible Wheeled Device To Create Challenges
     August 2

    July

    Release Date

    • Reminder: Ice Out Planning Starts At Ice In
    • Call for Cross Ice/Half Ice Rink Dividers Input Being Answered by ORFA Members
    • Waterpark Changed Dress Code to Allow Women to Go Topless
    • Encounter a Person Experiencing Heat Stroke – Remember TACO as a Response Option
    • Powerchair Football Canada Promotes Team Play Through Accessibility
    July 26
    • Rink Dividers Are Still a Member Hot Button Topic
    • Moving of Ice Arena Nets Policy and Procedures 
    • Reminder: Summer Rink Conditions are Often Perfect for Mold Growth 
    • Contracting Out Construction Projects on Business's Property Changes
    • New Form of Public Grounds "Tagging" Appears in Ottawa
    • Changes to the Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents - O. Reg. 185/19
    • Remember that Ontario's Poisonous Plants Bloom From June to September 
    • Summer Student Exit Interviews Can Help Improve H&S Culture 
    July 19
    • Beware of High Pressure WHMIS Sales Tactics 
    • Enforcement Blitz - Focus on Musculoskeletal Disorder Hazards
    • ORFA Discussion Board - Question of the Week
    • A Reminder to Use Ladders Safely
    • Recreation Facility Small Appliance Safety Reminder
    • How to Avoid Heat Stress This Summer
    July 12

    May/June

    Release Date

    • Canada Day Public Holiday - July 1st
    • The Ground War Documentary Looks at Historical Use of Pesticides on Recreational Grounds
    • Indoor Air Quality at Recreational Water Facilities Study
    • CMHA Creates an All Substance Approach Resource 
    • The Accessible Canada Act is Here
    June 28
    • Pressure Testing a Brine Flooded Chiller
    • New Draft for CSA Z614 - Children's Playgrounds and Equipment Standards
    • Ontario Trails - Useful Information
    • 6 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing First Aid Training
    • Special Olympics Ontario Celebrated 50th Anniversary in 2018
    • ORFA Member Feedback Request
    June 24
    • New Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM) Web Site
    • Use of Fog Machines
    • Changes to Regulation 851
    • ORFA In The UK
    • Owner Receives Jail Time for Failure tom Comply with OHSA
    June 19
    • Changes to the Liquor License Act
    • New and Young Workers Health and Safety Initiative - May 1 to August 30
    • Rowan's Law: Concussion Safety - Learn how to prevent, identify and manage concussions
    • ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge 
    • Practice Safe Work - WSIB
    June 5
    • Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
    • Sun Safety: Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap
    • Working Outdoors
    • Best Not to Stand Under a Tree in an Electrical Storm
    • Ammonia Leak that Prompted Emergency Replacement of Condenser is a Good News Story
    • Technology Continues to Raise the Bar in Facility Management
    • Researchers Score With Audible Hockey Puck
    May 31
    • Recreation Facilities Play Key Role in Ontario's 2019 Spring Floods
    • Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum 2020 
    • More Comments Regarding Kirpan in Pools
    • $2 Billion Payout to Couple who said they Got From Weedkiller Roundup
    • Moral Hazard vs. Soaring Insurance Costs
    May 23
    • ORFA 2019 APDP and Expo
    • MOL Focus on Workplace Ergonomics Has Started
    • AFO Course Participants Discuss Allowing "Kirpan" in the Pool
    • Smart Watch Use at the Pool
    • Chickens in the Rink? Maybe!
    • Why We Need To Be More Noise Aware
    • Consultation: Ontario's Next Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 
    May 8

    March/April

    Release Date

    • Day of Mourning, April 28th
    • Slips, Trips and Falls Awareness
    •  Refrigeration Header Support Inspections
    • A/UTV’s at Work Require Operator Training
    • TSSA Fuel Certificates Regulation
    • Reminder To Register for ORFA’s Annual Professional Development Program
    April 24
    • Facility Alert – Reminder: Safe Use and Storage of Portable Soccer Goalposts
    • Reminder - Work Vehicle No Smoking Signs: Are You Current?
    • What’s That Smell – Probably the Snow Pit
    • Reminder of Required Off-Season Refrigeration Plant Monitoring
    • ORFA Artificial Ice Out Guideline
    • Ice Net Pegs Are Not Mandatory
    • TSSA - Operating Engineers Regulation Open for Consultation
    April 15
    • Reminder - Outdoor Rinks Are Just Not Winter Facilities
    • Reminder - Work Vehicles No Smoking Signs: Are You Current?
    • Grounds Operations And Maintenance
    • You Have Two Ears And One Chance To Save Them
    • The Real Role Of Workplace Health And Safety Boards
    April 8
    • In Ontario a Designated Pool Spa Operator = A Certified Aquatic Technician (CAT)
    • Did You Know that in Unattended Refrigeration Plants
    • Recreation Facilities Environmental Waste Compliance Guidelines
    • Facility Emergency Communication Systems
    • Looking for Member Feedback On Impact of Cross Ice or Half Ice Programs to Operations
    • Temporary Performance/Event Structures Safety Guideline Reminder
    April 1
    • How Does Humidity Affect Surface Preparation and Coating?
    • Recreation Facility Boiler, Electrical and Mechanical Room Safety
    • Falls Awareness and Prevention
    • CMAHC Indoor Aquatic Air Quality Survey
    • Winter Weather Alerts
    March 22
    • ORFA Leadership Post Fernie Tragedy
    • Cell Phone Use At Gas Dispensers
    • Canada Set to Lose 9,000 Churches, Warns National Heritage Group
    March 15
    • Asbestos in Drywall Compound Risk
    • Safe Work Practices for Chlorine
    • West Ferris Arena Closed as a Caution
    March 8

    January/February

    Release Date

    • Asset Management Central
    • ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge
    • Study Aims to Prove that Hockey Rinks are a Welcome Place for All Canadians
    • Refrigerant Solutions
    February 22
    • NEW! Aquatic Facility Operations Course
    • ORFA Current Professional Designation Holders
    • Why Curling Ice is Different Than Other Ice
    • Reminder: Family Day
    • Survey: Ontario Tourism Strategy - Industry
    • Employment Standards Poster Updated
    February 13
    • Recent Facility Emergencies Highlights Need For Emergency Preparedness
    • Snow Load and Structural Integrity Reminder
    • Ice Resurfacer Safety
    • Head Protection Becoming Common in Curling Community
     February 6
    • ORFA Professional Designation
      Recertification Process
    • Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario
    • Legacy Started at Maple Leaf Gardens Lives On
    • Canadians Anxious About Accessibility Issues As They Age
    • Outdoor Soccer Nets
    • Used Equipment Wanted
     January 29