Health & Safety Guidelines

Following the release of the new health & safety guidance issued February 2018  SPSC (UK) aids compliance:

 

The following are guidelines from the new HSG179 (2018) document where SPSC(UK) can specifically help you.  All pool operators should fully understand and comply with the new Guidance.  Please click on the link to see the full document:  Link: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg179.pdf

 

Legislation – Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

 

Site specific risk assessment:

Any site-specific risk assessment MUST include not only the physical hazards but those hazards relating to swimmers and swimming-related activities;

  • Pool design
  • Pool depth
  • Abrupt changes in depth
  • Pool & pool hall features (glare, reflections, blind spots)
  • Occupancy levels
  • Pool features (flumes, turbulent water etc.)

 

All sites must have a robust system to ensure the safety of pool users focusing on:

  • Preventing pool users getting into difficulty by intervening early
  • Identifying pool users in difficulty
  • Procedures to effectively perform a rescue

 

If a risk assessment shows up that constant poolside supervision is not needed, effective control measures MUST be implemented to reduce the risk as far as is reasonable practicable. These can include:

  • Provide poolside supervision in specified circumstances/specified times
  • Emergency contact arrangements – alarms to summon help
  • The use of technology and drowning detection systems
  • Control of lone swimmers

 

If CCTV is used to monitor pool use, it should be arranged to see all parts of the pool hall:

  • There has to be effective arrangements for monitoring the CCTV feeds, with robust procedures to help pool users in difficulty and perform a rescue if required
  • The person monitoring the CCTV should be able to identify pool users in difficulty as well as anyone behaving irresponsibly
  • Take effective measures to prevent unauthorised access to a pool that is meant to be closed
  • Where computerised drowning detection systems are installed, staff MUST be trained in their use.

 

Please ensure you and your staff fully comply with the HSG179 Guidance to ensure the safety of your pool users and minimise risk of fatalities which could result in a prosecution or manslaughter charges.

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