Key messages

  • Pool operators should use the Pool operators’ handbook and Guidelines for safe pool operation to manage their pools safely.
  • The aquatic facility inspection checklist can be used to assess compliance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.
  • Local environmental health officers can help ensure your pool is safe.

The pool operators’ handbook contains practical advice on pool operation and water quality standards for pool managers. It also has protocols for dealing with:

  • incidents including faecal accidents
  • Water that has been contaminated with Cryptosporidium.

The pool operator’s handbook is currently under review. An updated version is due for release mid 2018.

Guidelines for safe pool operation

The guidelines for safe pool operation are published by the Royal Life Saving Society. The guidelines include minimum requirements and good practices for operating public pools and aquatic facilities.

The guidelines include information for local government, facility owners, architects, engineers, duty managers and pool lifeguards.

Aquatic facility inspection checklist

Local government environmental health officers (EHOs) work closely with aquatic facilities to ensure they comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.

EHOs use an aquatic facility inspection checklist to assess how well the facility aligns with Section 6 of the Regulations. The checklist can also be used as a guide in response to outbreaks or suspected health issues associated with aquatic facilities.

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