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Float Tanks: Review of Current Guidance and Considerations for Public Health Inspectors

The growing popularity of “floatation” and the ways in which this practice differs from the use of pools and spas have raised interesting questions in environmental public health. Public health agencies in the US and Canada have taken very different approaches to the classification and regulation (or non-regulation) of these facilities. Continuing engagement amongst environmental health...

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Float Tanks: Considerations for Environmental Public Health

Floatation refers to a meditative activity in which users float in a high-density Epsom salt solution in a dark, quiet environment. Because float tanks are distinct from swimming pools and other recreational water, questions have been raised regarding the need for and efficacy of various disinfection methods. Although direct evidence is lacking, pathogen kill assays and field studies from...

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Pool Chlorination and Closure Guidelines

As an EH director at a local health authority, helping to review provincial guidelines on swimming pools, you want to know if scientific evidence supports pool closure orders when free available chlorine (FAC) is found to be at or above 10 ppm. Should the level be different and are there other factors to be considered for closure, instead of or in addition to FAC? What is Free Available Chlorine...

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Workshops Presentations

Fires, Floods, and Bugs: How Climate Change Impacts Drinking Water Source Quality

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference.  Climate change is anticipated to have myriad potential impacts on human health, some of which may be difficult to predict. However, the effects of climate change on ground and surface water, and the concomitant risk to human health through disruptions to drinking water, have been the subject of...

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Legislation

Swimming Pool, Wading Pool and Water Spray Park Regulation, Alta Reg 293/2006

Pool Regulation, BC Reg 296/2010

Swimming Pools and Other Water Recreational Facilities Regulation, Man Reg 132/97

Water Quality Regulation, NB Reg 82-126

Public Pools Regulations, CNLR 1023/96

Public Pool Regulations, RRNWT 1990, c P-21

Public Pool Regulations, RRNWT (Nu) 1990 c P-21

Public Pools, RRO 1990, Reg 565

Swimming Pool and Waterslide Regulations, PEI Reg EC93/01

Regulation respecting water quality in swimming pools and other artificial pools, CQLR c Q-2, r 39

Swimming Pool Regulations, 1999, RRS c P-37.1 Reg 7

Public Pool Regulations, YOIC 1989/130