RDCK Investigates Ammonia Leak at NDCC

The RDCK Safety Committee and staff at the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC), along with technical assistance, have begun their investigation into an ammonia leak from the arena refrigeration system that resulted in a minor injury to one staff person and closure of the arena for several hours on April 21st. The arena has now reopened and is operating normally.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our staff and of the public," said Stuart Horn, Chief Administrative Officer for the RDCK. "Arena staff are working closely with the BC Safety Authority and WorkSafe BC to determine all the facts in the incident."

Ammonia is primarily an irritant and removal of a person from exposure normally provides sufficient relief and recovery. During the leak, ammonia levels in the facility and around the arena were at very low concentrations.

The NDCC arena is equipped with an ammonia sensor and alarm located in the compressor room that notifies staff and shuts down the arena air handling unit in the event of a leak or emergency.

"The Nelson Fire Department responded promptly to the incident and we appreciate the work they and our staff did to keep everyone safe," said Horn.

Anhydrous ammonia is commonly used in refrigeration plants in arenas across BC, Canada and North America. Ice arenas are highly regulated and refrigeration equipment is regularly inspected. The NDCC has a very good operational track record.

The RDCK will update the public with more information after the internal investigation is completed.

Click the link below for the data safety sheet.


For more information:
Stuart Horn
Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Central Kootenay

The content on this page was last updated April 22 2015 at 3:02 PM