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Cracking The Code – Commercial Pool Regulations

What the Australian code of practice for the design & construction of aquatic facilities means for your commercial pool

Relaxing and soaking up the sun in a pool is everyone’s favourite classic summer activity.

It’s a great opportunity for families and friends to be able to let loose and get active in an outdoor setting.

However, with that fun and excitement comes a great deal of responsibilities.

Complying by certain safety requirements may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer fun, but regulation, specifically those involving water activities, are to be complied with for a good reason.

Every year, Australians make more than 250 million visits to swimming areas. Thats 250 million reasons why your pool needs to be kept as safe and clean as possible.

Commercial Pool Managers Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all commercial pool managers to ensure that best practices are put in place for all aspects of a swimming area, including its management, maintenance and design.

When it comes to the health and safety of swimmers, following these guidelines in the Australian code of practice for aquatic facilities can provide infinite advantages.

It can help to reduce the risk of drowning, waterborne illness outbreaks and chemical injuries. Most importantly, it aims to keep your swimming area open.

A staggering ten percent of pools are forced to close as a result of failed health and safety examinations. Don’t be a part of that ten percent.

Commercial Pool Design and Construction

Correct pool management and maintenance strategies are crucial to a clean and safe swimming environment, but before any of that can be complied with, true swimmer safety begins with a appropriate pool design.

Reflection must be undergone during this phase to set the standards for a hygienic area with limited prospects for danger.

The code of practice for the design and construction of aquatic facilities addresses some helpful installations tips and some of the best construction principles that can reduce the risk of illness and injury:

  • Install subordinate disinfection systems to abolish potentially risky and harmful organisms that have grown a resistance to chlorine
  • Include slip-resistant surfaces that are government endorsed by different government codes
  • Clearly state through signage where diving is prohibited
  • Have clearly outlined and stated water depth markers in your pool

This is Part 1 of a 3 part article. See Part 2 here and Part 3 here