Every owner and operator of a private or public swimming pool, wading pool, hot tub or waterfront (beach) has an obligation to provide a safe environment for every user of the pool. This obligation has been very clearly identified and affirmed by court decisions across Canada.
Current government regulations and legislation governing aquatic facilities (including hot tubs) do not cover all of the issues which owners/operators face on a day-to-day basis. These issues, if not addressed, may be a source of risk and may contribute to a serious injury or fatality. To minimize risk, an owner/operator needs to understand what these risk-issues are, and the accepted standards in that particular area of operation.
To assist owners/operators to meet these obligations, the Lifesaving Society has produced a series of Safety Standards to educate pool owners and operators about what they can do to safely operate their pool. Applying these standards to your pool will help reduce the risk of injury or legal actions resulting from injuries.
The Safety Standards address the follow areas:
The Lifesaving Society has five Safety Standards publications, one for each type of aquatic environment. To learn more click on the links provided.
The Society references the Safety Standards when preparing expert witness reports or providing testimony at fatality inquiries and lawsuits when consulted to establish the required Standard of Care.
The Safety Standards are just one part of a full suite of services available from the Lifesaving Society to help pool owners and operators offer safe aquatic facilities and activities to their patrons. These services include: