Aquatic Health & Safety Awareness Campaign

 

This campaign was initiated out of a creative sentencing for a municipal conviction under OHS legislation 2022 Award. Let’s work together to prevent aquatic workplace slip, trip, and fall injuries.

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Awareness Topics

Awareness topics and engagement events related to the aquatic occupational health and safety, are identifying slip, trip and fall hazardous areas, the prevention of slips, trips, and falls, and live and recorded webinars on fall prevention and protection professional.

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Personas

Free Webinars

Safety Operator
Certificates

Identifying
Hazard Areas

Prevention of
Slips, Trips and Falls

Available
Resources

Aquatic Audience Personas

Municipal aquatic (pool) operations have a diverse audience. These audiences would benefit from participating in or receiving information that targeted to them from Aquatic Awareness Campaign. Below are personas that may reflect you or persons in your municipal aquatic (pool) work site.

 

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    Vulnerable Workers

    Young

    Short-tenure

    Aquatic Clerk

    Recent Immigrants

      Supervisors

      Aquatic/Pool Supervisor

      Lifeguard

      Manager

      Recreation Supervisor

      Team Lead

        Pool Maintenance Contractors

        Plumbing/Concrete Trades

        Labourer

        Crew Lead

        Pool Service Technician

        Pool Builder Technician

          Certified Aquatic Safety Operator

          Municipal Recreation Facility Operator

          Swimming Pool Operator Level 1

          Swimming Pool Operator Level 2

            Other Interested Parties

            Health and Safety:

            • Manager
            • Advisor
            • Coordinator
            • H&S Committee Member / Representative

            Union Member / Representative

            Alberta Municipal Representatives

            Fall Protection / Prevention Subject Matter Expert

            Free Webinars

            Identifying slip, trip, and fall hazards

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            Types of fall protection including guardrails

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            Fall protection plan and systems implementation

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            On Demand Webinars

            There are three scheduled live webinars on Aquatic Health and Safety Awareness focusing on the prevention and protection of slips, trips and falls. These webinars are offered via Zoom and are presented by a Fall Prevention and Protection Engineer. These webinars will provide you with a 45-minute presentation and a 15-minute open microphone session where you can ask the Subject Matter Expert questions.

            If you are unable to attend any of the live webinars, you can view the recording on AMHSA.net. You can access all recorded AMHSA webinars found under “Video on Demand”.

            Safety Operator Certificates

            Essential Knowledge for Keeping Your Facility Safe.

            Program Overview

            Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP) and Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) have partnered to offer four educational certification opportunities and technical skills related to the operation of recreation facilities. The four certification programs are: Arena Safety Operator, Aquatics Safety Operator, Building Maintenance Safety Operator, and Parks and Sport Fields Safety Operator.

            What Are the Benefits?

            • Enhance your skills and knowledge as a safety operator.
            • Assists in professional development plans for your staff.
            • Establishes an educational standard in which recreation facility employers use as a basis for hiring.

            Download the complete brochure to learn more about the available certification programs.

            Identifying Hazard Areas

            Slips, Trips, and Falls

            Identifying hazards is the first step in managing risk, because hazards that are not identified would not go through the process of controlling them. Unidentified hazards may lead to injury or illness. Identifying a hazard defines a problem, which initiates conducting a hazard assessment which assigns controls to eliminate or mitigate the negative effects of that hazard.

             

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              Surface to Surface

                Elevated Surfaces

                  Empty Pool Basin

                    Diving Boards

                      Pool Slides

                      Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention

                      Creating and managing a safe and healthy workplace involves everyone.

                      Ensure you have these slip, trip, and fall injury prevention fundamentals:

                      • Policies and procedures that prevent of slip, trip, and falls.
                      • Roles and responsibilities
                      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), examples: footwear, fall restraint, arrest equipment.
                      • Legislative requirements
                      • Continuous improvement process
                      • Hazard identification, assessment, and control measures, examples: orientation, fall protection plan, fall prevention systems.
                      • Emergency response; rescue procedures.
                      • Incident investigation.
                      • Validate training is completed and practiced, examples: reoccurring training schedule, emergency exercises, and job observations.

                      Work Phases

                      Identifying key work phases draws attention to potential hazards, therefore starting the process to prevent an incident from occurring. Different work phases include, but is not limited to:

                      • New worker, visitor, or contractor
                      • Emptying the pool
                      • Cleaning equipment and fixtures
                      • Installing and dismantling barricades
                      • Using fall protection
                      • Routine work

                      Hazardous Controls

                      Managing the hazard, or other wise known as applying ‘hazard controls’ uses the ‘hierarchy of controls’ methodology. Hierarchy of controls is a step-by-step approach to eliminate or reduce workplace hazards. It rates the amount of protection the control has to the hazard. There are five layers of protection. This is a list of hazard controls in order of most effective to least effective level:

                      • Elimination
                      • Substitution
                      • Engineering Controls
                      • Administrative Controls
                      • Personal Protective Equipment

                       

                      Implementing Controls

                      Implementing controls can be applied various ways. Enforcement or punitive measures may not be the preferred or main methodology. Many successful stories include engaging key interested parties to help develop and implement control measures.

                      This creates a welcoming environment that enables discussions to understand all possible hazards and controls that may have otherwise been overlooked. Another benefit is the easement of communication. Discussions may overflow to other impacted parties allowing more opportunity for growth and relay the health and safety message. The interested parties want to see their efforts come to fruition and experience a healthier and safer working environment for everyone at the work site.

                      Working Group Members – Aquatic Health & Safety Awareness Campaign

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