IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Development of Strategies to Control Contamination Caused by Disinfection Byproducts in Swimming Pools


A number of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) may be present in the water and ambient air of swimming pools. Workers’ exposure of to these substances in indoor swimming pools in Québec has been the subject of two investigations funded by the IRSST (2010-0010 and 2013-0074). The first showed that workers could be exposed to high levels of contamination, while the second examined the impact of various treatment processes on disinfection byproduct contamination.

The objective of this research is to develop strategies to control the DBP contamination levels in indoor pools by identifying, evaluating and exploring mitigation measures. These would guide designers, operators and managers toward better practices to protect workers in these environments.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2015-0010
Status: Ongoing
  • Maximilien Debia (Université de Montréal)
  • Stéphane Hallé (École de technologie supérieure)
  • Manuel Rodriguez (Université Laval)
  • Sami Haddad (Université de Montréal)