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Arena Air Quality Monitoring

Using specialized equipment, Public Health Inspectors test carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) amounts at ice level while ice re-surfacing equipment is being used in public arenas across the region.
Arenas can be at risk for indoor air quality problems when ice edging and resurfacing is done with machinery powered by fossil fuels and there is not proper ventilation. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are by-products of fossil fuel exhaust and can affect the health of athletes, spectators and arena staff. 

As per Ministry of Labour regulations, the current exposure limit for CO is 25 ppm for a normal eight-hour working day, while the short-term (15-minute) exposure limit is 100 ppm. The exposure limit for NO2 is 3 ppm for an eight-hour exposure and 5 ppm for short term.

Listed below are the most recent testing results for each arena tested that the health unit tested.

​​​Community Arena​ Date Sampled​ ​Arena Status​
Atikokan Atikokan Community Arena​ December 19, 2017 In Compliance​
Cochenour​ Cochenour Arena​ January 29, 2019​ In Compliance​
Dryden ​Dryden Memorial Arena (Rink 1) February 16, 2018​ In Compliance​
​Dryden Memorial Arena (Rink 2) ​February 12, 2018 In Compliance​
Ear Falls ​Ear Falls Arena ​February 21, 2019 In Compliance​
Emo Emo-Lavallee Community Centre​ December 20, 2017​ In Compliance​
Fort Frances Memorial Sports Centre (Ice for Kids rink)​ ​January 20, 2017 ​In Compliance
​Memorial Sports Centre (52 rink) ​January 20, 2017 ​In Compliance
Ignace ​Ignace Arena ​February 28, 2019 ​In Compliance
Keewatin ​Keewatin Memorial Arena ​April 3, 2018 ​In Compliance
Kenora​ ​Kenora Recreation Centre ​March 20, 2017 ​In Compliance
Machin ​Woodland Arena ​February 08, 2018 ​In Compliance
Rainy River ​Rainy River Recreation Centre & Arena ​March 15, 2017 ​In Compliance
Sioux Lookout ​Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena ​February 7, 2019 ​In Compliance