Ice Rinks Inspected to Ensure Health and Safety of Patrons
To help mitigate potential risks associated with refrigeration equipment, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has standards in place, including inspections, alarms, maintenance requirements and staff training.
Ammonia is commonly used in mechanical refrigeration systems, including those found in ice rinks. These systems are required to be installed, operated and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Compressed Gas Regulations and the Mechanical Refrigeration Code. These systems are inspected periodically by Service NL and must have current and valid inspection certificates.
The Occupational Health and Safety Division also conducts regular inspections at ice rinks to promote health and safety. These inspections happen on an annual basis, but may also occur at additional times throughout the year, as needed, to meet the requirements of the legislation or in response to complaints. All workplaces are also required to perform their own regular inspections under Section 18 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.