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CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series: The Implementation of Admission Standards in Ontario’s Class A Public Pools: An exploratory study
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By webinar only
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Although currently not part of legislation, Admission Standards or child guardian ratios for public pools are recommended by Ontario’s Public Health authorities to be used as a means of preventing and reducing recreational water injuries. To date, the voluntary and discretionary application of these rules by public pools operators has not been comprehensively evaluated. Therefore, the objective of this study was to explore the implementation of these Admission Standards in Ontario Class A public pools. An online survey was developed and disseminated to Class A public pool owners and/or operators. Descriptive statistics (i.e. frequency distributions) were used to report the results. In this presentation, Ofelia Tatar will present the results of the study and discuss the implications and recommendations for reducing/preventing the burden of injury and illness related to recreational water use.


  • Provide an overview of the Public Health issue of recreational pool drowning in children and the Admission Standards developed to address it
  • Become aware of various anti-drowning strategies and public swimming pool admission standards used nationally and internationally (through literature review and jurisdictional scans
  • Present and discuss details of Admission Standards’ implementation at operator level in Ontario’s Class A public swimming pools, as explored by the present study

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenter: Ofelia Tatar

Mrs. Tatar is a recent graduate of the fast-track public health program at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University.  In 2015, she was a summer intern student with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Public Health Division, where she gained experience in Environmental Health Policy & Programs work. In the summer and fall of 2015, she held a practicum position with Peel Public Health where she acquired valuable practical knowledge related to food and water safety, health hazards, infection prevention & control and communicable diseases.  She successfully passed the Board of Certification (BOC) exam in October 2016, and currently works as a certified Public Health Inspector with the Region of Peel, Environmental Health.

CIPHI Seminar Series is approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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