Public Pools, Spas, Wading Pools, Splash Pads, and Water Slides
Why Inspect Public Pools, Spas, Wading Pools, Splash Pads, and Water Slides?
Public pools, spas, wading pools, splash pads, and water slides are inspected by the Grey Bruce Health Unit. Public health inspectors work with the operators to prevent and reduce the risk of water-borne illnesses and injury or death. Bacteria, fungi, and some parasites can survive in these facilities and may cause eye, ear, throat, and skin infections along with respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Injury or death may result from broken or missing drain covers which pose entrapment, evisceration, and laceration hazards.
Public Health inspectors perform routine inspections of these facilities to ensure the operation is compliant with the appropriate regulation, or within the guidelines in the guidance document. All facilities are inspected at least once every three months for year-round facilities, with a minimum of 2 times per year for seasonal facilities.
What are Owners and Operators Responsible for?
Owners and operators of pools and spas are required by law to operate and maintain their facility according to Ontario Regulation 565 – Public Pools or Ontario Regulation 428/05 – Public Spas, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7. Wading pools, splash pads and water slides are assessed under the Operating Procedures for Non-Regulated Recreational Water Facilities Guidance Document.
Please see the regulations, operator’s manuals, fact sheets and guidance documents for more information. If you require further assistance, please call the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
Public health Units in Ontario are required to routinely inspect public swimming pools, spas, splash pads and wading pools to ensure that they comply with standards and regulation designed to protect clients from infectious disease, physical injury and drowning hazards. Additional inspections are conducted as necessary to follow up on directions provided to operators during routine inspections, and to respond to complaints.
Explanation of Terms used in Disclosure Report
Water Clarity: Pool, spa and wading pool water must be of sufficient clarity to ensure that a bather in distress can be seen and assisted. Poor water quality also indicates that water filtration and/or chemistry is not optimal, therefore posing risks of eye/skin irritation and infectious disease transmission.
Water Chemistry: It is important that water chemistry (including disinfectant levels) is properly maintained in order to protect bathers from eye/skin irritation and infectious disease transmission.
Absence of Safety Hazards: refers to the presence of safety/rescue equipment, an operating emergency phone and (where applicable) a sufficient number of qualified lifeguards. Also refers to the absence of faulty safety equipment and conditions such as trip hazards.
Operator’s manuals and Guidance Documents