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The relationship between health units and the operators, owners, lifeguards and support staff of public pools and spas is multi-dimensional. With a role that ranges from inspection and enforcement to training and support, collaboration between public health inspectors and pool and spa operators is critical to the prevention and reduction of injuries and water-borne illnesses.
From 2015-2016, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) was busy redeveloping and pilot testing their training program for facility staff. The resulting enhanced program is evidence-informed and more comprehensive in order to meet the regulatory needs of facility operators and support staff. Invaluable operator and public health inspector feedback, as well as best practice garnered from literature reviews have driven many positive changes in the way the training program is administered.
The goal of the program is to improve compliance with pool and spa legislation among pool and spa owners and operators in order to prevent or reduce the burden of water-borne illness and injury related to public pool and spa use.
This webinar will highlight the approach taken by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to provide regulatory training to public pool and spa operators. Key points include the importance of using evidence-informed, comprehensive methods, such as using adult learning principles and strategies that have been successful in other regulatory compliance programs
Presenters: Fatih Sekercioglu and Anne-Maria Quin
Fatih Sekercioglu is an Environmental Health Manager at the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), has played an instrumental role in shaping the way water facility operators receive regulatory training at the MLHU. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Western Ontario.
Anne-Maria Quin is a Public Health Inspector, has played a pivotal role in developing the public pool and spa regulatory training program at the MLHU. She is currently pursuing a MPH at Waterloo University.
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