Category: Pool Plant Operations

Relative Pollution in Swimming Pools

A pool that is 25 metres long, 12 metres wide, with an average depth of 1.5 metres will hold 450 cubic metres of water. If there are, say, 30 people in the pool, each of them will have 15 cubic metres of water each. Contrast this situation with a spa pool. A spa will only

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Chemical or Microbiological Contamination Outbreaks in Swimming Pools

Chemical or Microbiological Contamination Outbreaks A chemical or microbiological outbreak has occurred if more than two people have symptoms from the same source at roughly the same time. Written procedures are needed for dealing with an outbreak and included as part of the EAP (Emergency Action Plan) section of the PSOP (Pool Safety Operating Procedures).

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Dealing Chemical Spillages in Swimming Pools

The main ways chemicals can harm the body are via: Contact with skin, eyes etc. Ingestion Inhalation For contact with skin, it’s important to flush the affected area with water. Drench showers should be provided close to chemical storage areas for this purpose. If much of the body is affected, it may be better to

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Pool Safety Operating Procedures

The swimming pool and associated plant and facilities (such as the changing rooms, showers, pumps, filters etc.) should be operated and managed according to a robust set of procedures that have been devised following a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of the hazards and risks that are present.  These procedure are referred to as the Pool

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The Legalities of Managing Commercial Swimming Pools

Management Responsibility The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA), the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) impose certain statutory duties on all managers of non-domestic swimming pools. Duties under the HSWA extend to risks from infectious agents

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How often should you be testing the water?

The pool water should be tested throughout the day to ensure that the water is safe to enter. The first test should be carried out before the first swimmers are allowed in, giving the operator plenty of time to rectify any issues that may become apparent following the first round of tests. Thereafter, while the

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Swimming Pool Water Sampling: Where and Why

The point of water testing is to ensure that there is enough disinfectant in the water, (at the correct pH level) to kill the germs. Therefore, when taking samples, it’s important that you collect them from a spot within the pool that is most likely to have the lowest level of disinfection. That way, you

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Superchlorination and Dechlorination

Superchlorination is not recommended as a routine or even occasional method of shock dosing to compensate for inadequacies in pool treatment. It is generally bad practice, and can generate unwelcome byproducts. But if something has gone wrong – poor results from microbiological testing perhaps, or a catastrophic breakdown in treatment – it may be necessary to

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How to manually dose swimming pool chemicals

    This is a hazardous activity and should not be performed by people who have not received the appropriate training.       ALWAYS wear the appropriate PPE. ALWAYS add the chemical to the water, NEVER add water to the chemical. NEVER mix a chemical with another chemical. Only ever mix with water. NEVER

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