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Health and safety at swimming pools – how to meet your responsibilities.
Swimming pools provide are a major recreational amenity and health benefit for many. They are generally safe places considering the number of people who use them every year. However, they can present a number of specific health and safety hazards.
Most pool operators will have specific responsibilities under health and safety law. This includes general duties set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
You may need to:
More information can be found in our swimming pool safety guidance notes.
Key considerations for employers and others include the following:
Pool Safe Operating Procedures (PSOPs) are usually based on information gathered from completed risk assessments. They include the Normal Operating Plan (NOP) and the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the pool, changing facilities and associated plant and equipment.
The NOP sets out the way a pool operates on a daily basis, including details of the layout, equipment, manner of use, user group characteristics etc. The EAP gives specific instructions on the action to be taken, by all staff, if there is an emergency.