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Cracking The Code – Public Pool Maintenance & Regulations

What the Australian code of practice for the operation and maintenance of aquatic facilities means for your pool

Every year, Australians make more than 250 million visits to swimming areas.

That’s 250 million reasons why your pool needs to be kept as safe and clean as possible. It is the responsibility of all 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 public pool maintenance and regulations 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.

Public Pool Maintenance & Operation

Once a pool or water activity facility is open, it must go through a sequence of continuous examinations, the same way a car must be serviced and properly maintained.

In the eyes of the public, a pool does not seem like more than a sizeable body of water; whereas in the eyes of a pool manager, the list of considerations and strategies to put into action is never ending.

There are lighting, electrical and ventilation matters to consider on a regular basis to ensure the safety of swimmers.

Here are some guidelines the Australian code of practice outlined in this category:

  • Inspect the pool shell for cracks on the surface and in corners specifically
  • Test to ensure underwater appliances are working correctly
  • Clean pool lights of fog and condensation
  • Use conventional ventilation methods to maintain an air quality that is safe for both swimmers and staff
  • Adhere to electrical codes when installing hot tubs, fountains, bath tubs, spas and other areas of the facility

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