Pool Safety and Compliance Information

The following is a checklist to consider when opening a seasonal pool, refer to Ontario Regulation 565 for the complete requirements.

Operation / Pool Structure

  • Entrance gate needs to be lockable
  • Pool deck is clean, even and free from tripping hazards
  • Submerged surfaces are strongly recommended to be white in colour, except for safety markings
  • Black disc (150 mm/6 inches in diameter) on a white background, affixed to the bottom of the pool at its deepest point
  • Black disc is clearly visible from any point on the deck nine metres away
  • Pool with only one main drain must have an anti-entrapment cover
  • Pool with a walking ledge in the deep end require a 100 mm/4 inch band of contrasting colour, painted on the top and side of the walking ledge
  • Ensure that all required depth and markings are in place with the appropriate required letter size
  • Ensure equalizer valves or fittings are sealed or plugged
  • Water outlet covers (main drain, skimmer lid, equalizer fittings) secured and in good repair
  • Working adjustable dosing device present to automatically add chlorine or bromine
  • Pool water and its recirculation system are separate from the make-up water supply and from the sewer or drainage system (such as backflow preventer, air gap)
  • Exposed piping are appropriately labeled with green for potable water and yellow for water with chlorine
  • Test buttons for ground fault operations tested daily

Water Chemistry

  • pH is within range of 7.2 to 7.8
  • Free available chlorine at a minimum of 1 mg/L when used with cyanuric acid stabilization
  • Cyanuric acid is less than 60 mg/L
  • Cyanuric acid stabilization not to be used for indoor pools
  • Total bromine residual at a minimum of 2 mg/L
  • Total alkalinity not less than 80mg/L
  • Recirculation and chemical feeders in continuous operation
  • Make-up water added at a minimum of 20 L/bather/day
  • Pool test kit with fresh chemicals
  • Daily turnover rate is acceptable, Class A = 4x/day, Class B = 3x/day, Wave = 6x/day
    • Turnover rate = flow rate × 1440 (minutes in day) ÷ total volume of pool
  • Safe storage and handling of all chemicals
  • If using Oxidation Reduction Potential meter, please clean and calibrate the probes
    • Record keeping (even with oxidation reduction potential) is to be recorded 1/2 hour before use and every 2 hours while the pool is open for use
  • Pools without an oxidation reduction potential meter are required to check and record (free available chlorine/total bromine and pH) 1/2 hour before opening and every 2 hours until closing

Safety and Emergency Equipment

  • Non-conducting, insulated (fiberglass) 3.65 m reaching pole
  • Two buoyant throwing aids with rope (6 mm diameter, 1/2 the width of the pool plus 3 m)
  • Spine board provided
  • A first aid kit is available and fully stocked
  • Operational and independent emergency telephone line is no more than 30 metres from the pool (Class B)
  • Written emergency and operational procedures provided
  • Safe storage and handling of all chemicals

Required Pool Signage

  • Shower notice for bathers at the entrance to shower and every entrance to deck by bathers
  • Minimum of three "Admission Standards" signs
  • Minimum of two "Six Point" signs posted at the pool
  • Depth markings, (deep area and shallow area) present on the deck in appropriate locations for all pools
  • Unsupervised pool notices conspicuously posted where applicable
  • Posted emergency services phone number(s)

Report complaints of illness or occurrences of serious injury to Niagara Region Public Health at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7268.


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