A Review of TSSA Registered, Unattended Ice Rink Plant Advisory

May 10, 2023

To: Owners of Ice Rinks that may include Mayor, Reeve, Council, CAO, Town Manager, Clerk-Treasurer, and Senior Directors

An extremely important Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Advisory has been released that clarifies roles and responsibilities for the safe operation and maintenance of registered unattended ice surface refrigeration plants in accordance with the Operating Engineers (OE) Regulation (O. Reg. 219/01) and the corresponding Director’s Order and any applicable OE Alternate Rules.

Unattended refrigerated ice surfaces are an important part of Ontario’s recreation landscape. These facilities continue to expand to fulfil different sporting and recreational needs beyond traditional hockey arenas and curling clubs. TSSA recognizes that Ontario’s aging recreational ice surfaces require proper operation, maintenance, and management to remain safe and serviceable. The Advisory reminds owners and their designated "user" that changes in equipment, refrigerants and technologies require continued investment to ensure plant staff are properly trained and competent.