Arena Inspections

Policy

Category: Health Hazard Prevention and Management
Subject: Arena Inspections
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.84.01.109
Effective Date: Apr. 2006

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) to prevent or reduce the burden of illness and decrease heath outcomes from health hazards associated with arenas in accordance with the most current version of the Health Hazard and Prevention Protocol the Risk Assessment and Inspection of Facilities Protocol, and the Identification, Investigation and Management of Health Hazards Protocol under the Ontario Public Health Standards and the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Air quality as it applies to the workplace falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Labour.  Because of its health role, WDGPH will respond and attempt to resolve air quality concerns that fall outside of the mandate of the Ministry of Labour.

 

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.84.02.109  Arena Inspections
Health Hazard and Prevention Protocol
Risk Assessment and Inspection of Facilities Protocol
Identification, Investigation and Management of Health Hazards Protocol
Ontario Public Health Standards
Health Protection and Promotion Act

APPROVED BY

Robert Thompson 


Procedure

Category: Health Hazard Prevention and Management
Subject: Arena Inspections
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.84.02.109
Effective Date: Apr. 2006

PROCEDURE

  1. Follow the procedure CA.82.02.101 General Procedure for Investigating a Health Hazard Complaint.
  2. In investigating the complaint make a referral as appropriate to one or more of the following agencies:
  • Ministry of the Environment Pollution Hotline at 1-866-663-8477;
  • Ministry of Environment Spills Action Centre (SAC) 1-800-268-6060; or
  • Ministry of Labour 1-877-202-0008.
  1. The Public Health Inspector (PHI) shall identify him/herself to the owner/operator and state the reason for the visit. The owner/operator or designate present is provided the opportunity to accompany the PHI during the inspection.
  2. Use the CSR electronic form in Hedgehog to conduct the inspection.  Refer to the Hedgehog User Manual as required.
  3. Determine the type of fuel the ice-resurfacing machine and edging equipment uses (e.g. diesel, electric, propane, gasoline or natural gas).  Use TSI Q Check model 8731 meter for carbon monoxide measurement and BW Technologies Gas Alert Extreme NO2 meter for nitrogen dioxide measurement as per manufacturer’s instruction.
  4. Take several air samples for carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide as follows:
  • Take reading one meter above the ice surface before and five minutes after ice surface scrapings.  For reference, Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Time Weighted Average Exposure Value TWAEV may be used as a guide i.e. CO=25 PPM, NO2=3 PPM; and
  • Various locations may be used such as the centre ice, four corners of the ice surface, penalty box, team benches, score keeper’s box.  The same locations should be used for before and after the ice scraping.
  1. Record the temperature with the TSI Q Check outside and inside the arena.  A temperature inversion may occur when there is a difference between the outside and inside temperature.  In arenas, the cold ice surface sets up a semi-permanent inversion where cold air is near the ground with warmer air above.  This vertical temperature structure is very stable and traps air pollutants released near ground level.  An inversion layer may be created 4 to 8 feet above the ice surface and within this layer there is little air movement.  Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide exposure could occur at this time as the gases are trapped and remain undiluted due to lack of air movement.  The inversion layer prevents gases from rising within the arena to be dispersed by the mechanical ventilation systems.
  2. For propane, natural gas (methane) and gasoline-powered machine, obtain a measurement of carbon monoxide of the ice-scraping vehicle from the exhaust. For diesel ice machine, take measurement for nitrogen dioxide from the exhaust.
  3. Record the height of the vertical exhaust pipe on the ice resurfacing machine.  At a minimum the exhaust pipe should extend 1.7 metres (5.5 ft) above the ice surface.  The exhaust pipe should be directed away from the operator while the equipment is in operation.
  4. Determine and record areas of deficiencies on the Arena Inspection form.  Determine whether immediate action is necessary (high concentration of CO or NO2), such as closure or immediate evacuation of people inside the arena, and discuss compliance dates with operator for correcting minor deficiencies.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.84.01.109  Arena Inspections
CA.82.02.101 General Procedure for Investigating a Health Hazard Complaint.

APPROVED BY

Robert Thompson