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Swimming pool safety

Swimming pool safety checklist

All commercial swimming pools must be kept in a safe condition so that they do not present a hazard to members of the public who use them. 

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All commercial swimming pools should have:

  • suitable perimeter denial fencing/walling to prevent young children from gaining unsupervised access (especially at times when the pool is closed),
  • an access door/gate fitted with a high level latch (at a height of at least 1.5m above ground level) or lock that cannot be easily defeated by young children and fitted with a self-closing device,
  • suitable and sufficient lifesaving devices (rescue poles, buoyancy aids),
  • a suitable poolside alarm (electronic or manual) which can summon assistance if necessary, 
  • systems in place so that any staff know what to do in an emergency
  • outlet points that are securely fixed to the pool floor and which have apertures no greater than 8mm (to prevent trapped fingers or hair),
  • suitable hazard warning signage (no diving, running etc) and depth markings,
  • a locked pool plant room to keep children away from hazardous chemicals,
  • its pumping system clearly marked with a shut-down switch,
  • a documented risk assessment if you employ 5 or more people.

If the pool tank (the floor bottom of the pool) gradient is steeper than 1:15, additional risk control measures should be considered.  If you own a commercial pool and this is the case, you should contact us for further advice.

For more information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details on the right..