Acapulco Pools Ltd., a Kitchener, Ont.-based pool contractor, recently received a Certificate of Recognition (COR™), a standard of safety excellence in Canada, from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA).
A new website launched by Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC), a Ryerson University-led national research project, can provide employers in the pool and hot tub industry with information and support on how to protect outdoor workers from the dangers of sun exposure.
Building, renovating, and servicing pools and spas/hot tubs is a dangerous occupation and one that puts workers in close contact with potentially hazardous situations daily. Machinery, tools, water, electricity, chemicals, and confined spaces are all common in the workplace for those in the aquatics industry. No matter the company’s size—whether a large firm with hundreds of employees or an entrepreneur operating out of their truck—the importance of safety at work is equal.
The gas hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t breathe,” said Donald MacLenna after a dangerous chlorine accident at St. Catherines, Ont.’s Lion Dunc Pool in 2012. Bathers were enjoying the pool when a worker accidently poured 90 L (23.7 gal) of chlorine into a tank containing muriatic acid.