Public Spas Signage Requirements
The following signage is required at all Public Spas in accordance with Ontario Regulation 565.
Contact your area public health inspector if you have any questions or concerns.
- Timing Device Sign (O. Reg. 565 s. 22 (2))
- Emergency Telephone Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (2))
- Emergency Stop Button Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 26 (2))
- Caution Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (1))
- Shower Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (5))
Timing Device Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 22 (2))
Every owner and operator shall ensure that a notice, in letters at least 25 millimetres high with a minimum five millimetre stroke, is posted at the timing device that identifies it as a timing device.
Emergency Telephone Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (2))
Every owner and every operator shall ensure a notice identifying the location of the emergency telephone, in letters not less than 25 millimeter stroke in a conspicuous location near the entrance of the public space.
O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (3)(i): Notice identifying it as the emergency telephone and listing the names, telephone numbers and addresses of persons who are available for resuscitation, medical aid and fire services or indicating the service to which it is directly connected.
O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (3)(ii): Notice with the full name and address of the public pool or public spa location and all of the pool's or spa's emergency telephone numbers.
Emergency Stop Button Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 26 (2))
Every owner shall ensure that the following notice, in letters at least 25 millimetres high with a minimum five millimetre stroke, is posted above the emergency stop button:
In the event of an emergency, push emergency stop button and use emergency phone. An audible and visual signal will activate.
Caution Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 19.1 (1))
Every owner and operator shall ensure that the following notice is posted in a conspicuous place at each entrance to the public spa with the word CAUTION in letters not less than 50 millimetres high, all other lettering not less than 10 millimetres high, and with a minimum five millimetre stroke in either case:
- Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the spa unless supervised by a person who is 16 years of age or older
- Pregnant women and persons with known health or medical conditions should consult with a physician before using a spa
- Do not use the spa if you have an open sore or rash, or are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Overexposure may cause fainting. 10 to 15 minutes may be excessive for some individuals. Cool down periodically and leave the spa if nausea or dizziness occurs.
- Enter and exit the spa slowly, to prevent slipping
- Do not play or swim near drains or suction devices. Your body, body parts, hair, jewelry and other objects may become trapped and cause injury or drowning. People with long hair should be especially careful.
- Do not enter or remain in a spa if a drain cover or suction fitting is loose, broken or missing. Immediately notify the spa operator.
- No food or beverage except water is permitted within the deck or spa. No glass containers of any kind are permitted within the deck or spa.
The notice described in subsection (1) shall include the maximum bather capacity of the public spa determined under section 17.
Shower Sign (O. Reg. 565, s. 19 (5))
Every owner and every operator shall ensure that the following notices and markings are displayed in the places indicated herein:
- At the entrance to each shower area and at every entrance to the deck used by bathers
- Notices that set out that each bather shall take a shower using warm water and soap and thoroughly rinse off all the soap before entering or re-entering the deck