Raise Your Hand winner inspires peers

Aquatics supervisor Chris Cordova won an Xbox in the Raise Your Hand Challenge

Aquatics supervisor Chris Cordova won an Xbox in the Raise Your Hand Challenge

“As a supervisor, I do inspections and take feedback from workers to deal with safety issues immediately.”

That’s what aquatics supervisor Chris Cordova wrote in his winning entry to the Raise Your Hand challenge. He had 25 words or less to answer the question “How do you raise your hand for safety at work?” and his answer won him an Xbox game package in this contest I told you about in July.

I emailed Chris to say congrats and ask him about his work – and here’s what he wrote back:

“Working with a lot of young workers, we try to prevent injuries from happening through regular inservice training. This includes how to use safety equipment… [and] we have made daily checklists for the staff to complete such as checking the diving boards to make sure they are secure and making sure none of the overnight staff left chemicals on the pool deck.

“We have regular facility inspections and… things we look for are items such as loose tiles that people could trip on, areas of the pool deck that have lost grip and may be more slippery when wet, checking lane ropes for when they become frayed so that staff don’t cut their fingers, I’m also in charge of inspecting the first aid equipment to make sure that our kits are stocked and ready to use.

Photo credit: zero-shift on Flickr

Photo credit: zero-shift on Flickr

“Often with my staff being on the pool deck, and the number of patrons who come into the facility, I’ll learn about safety issues from my staff directly, since my office is close to the lifeguard control room. If I’m not in and if the issue is not severe, staff will usually contact the Building Service Worker and I’ll usually have a post-it note on my door telling me of the issue. Depending on the severity of the issue, I’ll make a decision as to the best course of action whether it be closing a section of the facility, or having a staff member deal with the situation at hand (ie: cleaning). I’ll also check on staff and the facility during my work day to make sure there are no safety issues.”

Related resources

I found this info on Aquatic Safety Audits from the B.C. & Yukon Branch of the Lifesaving Society.

Recently at the pool, I saw some kids having a fight, and was impressed by the lifeguard’s respectful treatment of all involved. Then I found this Sample Anti-Violence Policy for Recreation Facilities from the Government of BC

Congrats again to Chris – and thanks for sharing the extra details on keeping your workers safe at the pool.


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