Public Health Inspectors inspect public recreational facilities to ensure they are operated safely for you and your families. Indoor ice arenas are inspected for air quality and general maintenance and sanitation. Pools, whirlpools, paddling pools and wading pools are regularly inspected to ensure that these public facilities meet specific guidelines and regulations regarding water treatment and safety requirements.
Saskatchewan Pool Operators Course
Public Health Inspection is responsible for licensing and inspection of public swimming pools. One of the regulatory requirements for public swimming pools is that at least one employee of the pool must successfully complete an approved Pool Operator’s Training Course. Generally a course occur on spring and winter break. Please contact the Public Health Inspection office at 306.778.5280 for information on course availability and cost.
- Lifesaving Society of Canada
- Lifesaving Society of Saskatchewan
- Parachute Canada Drowning Prevention
- Canadian Red Cross – Swimming and Water Safety
The pool operator shall ensure that bacteriological water samples, taken from the pool, are submitted to the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory for examination to ensure the water meets the acceptable level of zero coliforms per 100ml.
Seasonal pools (open during the summer months) need to take water samples for bacteriological analysis every two weeks due to their short-term operation. Pools and whirlpools operational year around, are required to send in water samples for bacteriological analysis every month.
Bacteriological water bottles, shipping containers and requisition forms can be obtained from the RM office or Public Health Services upon request. The enclosed requisition must be filled in completely or your sample may be rejected at the lab. Payment is to be made to the Minister of Finance.
Public Health Services will provide shipping to the laboratory. In order for samples to be processed within the required time water samples must be received by 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday only.
- Swimming Pool Regulations
- Swimming Pool Design and Operational Standards
- Whirlpool Design and Operational Standards
Recreational Facility Resources
Ice resurfacing equipment can produce carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Inadequate air ventilation can allow exhaust gases to collect indoor and make people sick. CO is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas produces by the incomplete combustion of fuels like gasoline, propane, and natural gas engines. Carbon monoxide reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. Levels of CO in public recreational facilities are to be maintained below 25ppm or as low as reasonably possible. Nitrogen dioxide irritates the lungs, air passages and nose. Levels of NO2 in public recreational facilities are to be maintained below 1ppm or as low as reasonably possible.
Symptoms of CO and NO2 poisoning include dizziness, light headed, headaches, trouble thinking clearly, coughing, hard to breathe, sick to your stomach and vomit, irritation of eyes and throat. If experiencing symptoms please inform the rink operator, exit to fresh air and visit the closest hospital. NO2 poisoning symptoms may take over 24 hours to appear.