Three Helpful Tips To Keep Your Pool Safe

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog |

Swimming is one of Canada’s favorite summer activities. With over 300,000 backyard pools in Quebec alone, it’s easy to see that swimming tops the list of fun activities for people of all ages. With that in mind, swimming pool safety is a crucial part of enjoying your summer in the water. Here are a few helpful tips to keep everybody safe when taking the plunge.

Stay Close, Be Alert

The easiest tip to follow (and possible the easiest one to ignore) is to watch the pool when it’s in use, especially with children. Nearly all accidents can be prevented if swimmers are supervised and reminded to follow the basic rules. Discourage people from horsing around on the deck and remind them to slow down if they run around the pool. If it’s a residential pool, the safety of the swimmers is ultimately up to the owner. You never know when an accident will strike, so it’s important to take pool safety seriously. It’s highly recommended to have a phone nearby in case of emergency for immediate action.

Learn How to Perform CPR

If you really want to bolster the amount you can do as an individual for pool safety, it’s always beneficial to know how to swim and to know the basics of CPR. CPR certification isn’t difficult to accomplish nowadays, and many programs exist to train and certify citizens. Having at least one certified person around when the pool is in use will definitely help in the case of an emergency, as ambulances can only reach your household so quickly.

Keep Your Pool Healthy and Properly Maintained

Keeping your pool in working order is vital to swimming pool safety. For residential pools, ensure that your pool has proper drain covers. Be sure to follow any instructions given by your pool service provider in order to meet any health requirements and standards. If the pool needs maintenance, have it taken care of quickly by a company like Imperial Paddock Pools Ltd. Keep all toys out of the pool when the pool is not in use and make sure to keep ALL appliances away from the pool area. It’s also recommended to install a 4-foot (or taller) fence around your pool and use self-closing gates. Having a lockable safety cover is also essential.

If you’re using a public pool, it’s important to teach children the importance of showering before and after pool use and be sure to apply sunblock before entering the water for prolonged periods of time, as sunburns can happen regardless of whether you’re in or out of the water.

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Introduction To Groups And Regulations That Influence The Safety Of The Canadian Railway Industry

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog, Construction & Contractors |

Behind the scenes of Canadian railways and railroad construction companies are numerous people, organizations, and policies that maximize safety and efficiency. This web of people and entities is complex, but the most basic parties involved are unions, like Teamsters Canada, and governmental organizations, like Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. The Railway Safety Act Review is one of the most recent governmental initiatives that directly influences how railroad construction companies do business. Businesses and individuals involved in the railway industry should at least know the basics of the act and of these three groups.

Teamsters Canada

Formed in 1976, Teamsters Canada is a union representing airline, railway, and printing press industry workers. The Teamsters Railway Conference Workers – Maintenance of Way Employment Division, or TRCW-MWED, is the subdivision representing the railway infrastructure and machinery workers, and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, or TCRC, represents the train engineers, conductors, and operators. These organizations represent the majority of short- and main-line railway laborers. The Teamsters lobby on behalf of railway workers for employment issues, like wages and benefits, and also for public safety and worker safety issues.

Transport Canada

Transport Canada is the federal department that enacts and enforces transportation legislation. It addresses air, road, rail, and marine safety; Canadian unions, like the Teamsters, lobby member issues to this department. Transport Canada addresses railway issues like emergency response procedures, dangerous goods transport, border policies, and structural safety.

Canadian Transportation Agency

Another government entity, the Canadian Transportation Agency serves as a dispute resolution authority and economic facilitator for railway, marine, and airway industries. It also works to increase public accessibility to federal public transportation. The CTA is independent of other governmental departments, like Transport Canada. One of the biggest ways that CTA impacts the railway industry is its mandatory Certificate of Fitness requirement; all existing and proposed railways must hold a certificate before transporting people or freight. The CTA will grant a Certificate of Fitness if the railway has insurance that can sufficiently cover the construction and operation of the railway.

Railway Safety Act Review

Partially resulting from an increase in track derailments, and partially because regulations needed an update, Canada enacted the Railway Safety Act Review. Transport Canada researched and reviewed the railway industry and investigated how regulations could prevent future accidents, improve overall railway safety, address environmental concerns, and define rule making and enforcing authorities and the duties associated with each role. Following the investigation, the act sets forth recommendations for improved railway industry safety.

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