Safety in Leisure Centre Swimming Pools
As a company that specialises in working in the Health and Safety industry we know that when it comes to the subject of health and safety in a leisure centre all areas in public use are subject to strict rules. Regarding swimming pool safety, lifeguards are the most visible representation of the care a commercial operator pays to client wellbeing. A lifeguard’s job includes ensuring that swimmers obey safety rules, ensuring that they swim in a depth suited to their swimming level and watching for any signs of struggling or drowning among the swimmers. While lifeguards may be a necessary and reassuring presence in commercial swimming pools, the focus on Leisure Health and Safety does not stop there.
Managers must put in place the correct safety and maintenance procedures to make sure that the pool is safe under the surface.
The very water that customers are floating in can be a huge health and safety risk if not correctly maintained. Chemicals such as chlorine and bromine are a very important part of making sure a commercial swimming pool is a safe and healthy place for clients to enjoy their leisure time. However the chemicals can be hazardous. Commercial pools have to observe a number of safety standards in order to satisfy health and safety requirements and legal obligations.
We are well aware that in UK it is a legal requirement that an employer provides adequate equipment to enable staff handle the various chemicals in as safe a manner as possible. It is also a requirement that staff use the equipment provided, and do not cause a danger to themselves or others by careless handling of these chemicals. .
In addition, the employer must ensure that employees are aware of the necessity to use this equipment. In some circumstances, this duty may be simply discharged by the use of warning signs and notices.
As a company we are highly experienced in training and cannot stress strongly enough that familiarisation should be provided on a regular basis so that (A) the staff are made aware of the risks and dangers of handling chemicals, and (B) the staff are taught how to use the equipment in the correct and safe manner.
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