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June 19, 2019

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  • Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator Online, Online Learning  More

  • CIT Recertification Course - Classroom-based , June 21, London, ON  More

  • Basic Arena Refrigeration , June 24, Peterborough, ON  More

  • Ice Making and Painting Technologies , July 8, Keewatin, ON  More

  • Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment , July 15, Orillia, ON  More

  • Basic Arena Refrigeration , July 15, Cambridge, ON  More

  • Legal Awareness II – Managing in a Recreation Environment , July 17, Orillia, ON  More

  • Basic Arena Refrigeration , July 29, Thorold, ON  More

  • Basic Arena Refrigeration , August 12, Fort Frances, ON  More

  • Legal Awareness I - Supervising in a Recreation Environment , August 19, LaSalle, ON  More

  • Cemeterian Operations and Management , August 19, Thorold, ON  More

  • Legal Awareness II – Managing in a Recreation Environment , August 21, LaSalle, ON  More

  • Basic Arena Refrigeration , September 3, Kingston, ON  More


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New Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM) Web Site

The ORFA is excited to join our partners at Marmak in announcing the release of the new RFAM website which better presents capabilities and advancements made in this invaluable asset management tool. The RFAM tool is available to ORFA members as a benefit of membership.  More 

Use of Fog Machines

As all of Canada celebrates a Raptor’s NBA Championship win, the energy outside the Scotia Bank Place in Jurassic Park is a highlight of most telecasts which includes the use of a fog machine to add to the atmosphere. As users often try to repeat what they have seen on TV it is important to set guidelines. See the Ministry of Labour information on the use of fog machines.   More 

Changes to Regulation 851

Effective July 1, 2019, amendments to various provisions of Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments) have been approved that will help modernize workplace health and safety requirements. They will increase flexibility by:

  • Allowing the use of alternative procedures if worker health and safety is at least as well protected
  • Allowing workers to wear personal flotation devices instead of lifejackets when appropriate
  • Allowing the use of antidotes, flushing fluids or washes instead of eyewash fountains or emergency showers, where appropriate, to prevent permanent injury to the eyes or skin.  

The current version of Regulation 851     I      The amending Regulation


This past week marked another first for the ORFA, as an instructional team crossed into the United Kingdom (UK) to deliver an Ice Making and Painting Technologies course at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England. The course was as much a learning experience for the ORFA team as participants shared their unique and varied operational challenges and solutions. ORFA staff noted this unique approach to plant room entry awareness. Watch for a full article on this event in a future issue of Facility Forum.

Owner Receives Jail Time for Failure to Comply with OHSA

The ORFA continues to remind all members that the stakes are real for non-compliance of regulated obligations. A positive health and safety culture starts with knowing responsibilities. Consider ORFA’s Legal Awareness courses as the first step toward our industry governance obligations.  More


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