September 23, 2014 – As of today the wall mounted air quality monitors in the East and West rinks are hard wired. _____________________________________________________________________________________
September 19, 2014 – On Wednesday September 17, 2014 the Carbon monoxide levels rose during the scheduled resurface at 7:30pm and the wall unit alarm went off even though the number was still below the 35ppm the city allows. The levels were between 0 and 4 the entire day in both rinks prior to the 7:30pm resurface when the Zamboni malfunctioned. The maintenance crew made the decision to discontinue use of the West Zamboni and unplugged the wall monitor to try to reset it and turned the dehumidifier on high to ventilate the building. When the maintenance staff plugged the monitor back in it went off again and the level was slightly higher than the 35ppm but less than OSHA’s 50ppm, the staff promptly reacted; management was contacted and the rink was cleared of all people, and the rink doors were opened and the fans were turned on as per our protocol for when the levels reach over 20 ppm. The staff then also re-checked the East rink to ensure that the levels on that side were still at an acceptable level and they were. Once the West rink was cleared and levels were in the acceptable range events resumed on the West Rink. Resurfix was previously scheduled to come service both Zambonis on Thursday September 18, 2014 and in addition were be made aware of the occurrence Wednesday evening. The West Zamboni will not be put back into service until it is cleared by Resurfix and levels are tested and within the acceptable range. The Steel Ice Center will continue to monitor the Carbon Monoxide levels with the wall mounted unit as well as the hand held unit to ensure the levels are at an appropriate level. The Staff was made aware that the monitors are not to be unplugged at any time and signs have been posted by both monitors. The safety of our customers and staff remain our top priority.
March 13, 2014
Update: The East Zamboni returned this past weekend after having a complete overhaul at our Zamboni repair vendor and is now back in circulation after several test runs with clear readings. Also we will continue to monitor the Air Quality in each of the rinks before, during and after each resurface.
Friday, February 21, 2014
UPDATE: We have been using our new hand held carbon monoxide detector for the past two weeks, with readings during each resurfacing, every day – the vast majority of readings are 0 with the highest single reading being a 6 (far below the Bethlehem Fire Department requirements). We are expecting the East Zamboni to be picked up next week by our contracted Zamboni repair company for a complete overhaul at their facility. We are also receiving proposals and prices for CO monitoring of areas throughout the whole rink complex. These units need to be vandal proof, industrial quality, rated for low temperatures/high humidity areas and will necessitate significant additions to the building wiring.
Update: Our Carbon Monoxide Detector has arrived today and our staff is currently being trained. We are operating our monitor in conjunction with the Bethlehem Fire Department to confirm our readings are correct. We purchased the same brand monitor carried on the Bethlehem Fire Department trucks. Also, we have installed an exhaust fan in the Zamboni room and it is functioning.
Further details of today’s events: Representatives from the City of Bethlehem Fire Department were at the Steel Ice Center late this morning, unscheduled and unannounced, and their monitor checks read that we were perfectly safe. In addition An Inspector from OSHA was at The Steel Ice Center this afternoon with the government issued carbon monoxide monitor and took several readings on the ice as the Zamboni drove around him and he registered multiple zero readings according to his report to us.