PSOP: Pool Safety Operating Procedures PSOP stands for Pool Safety Operating Procedures. They are a suite of documented Normal Operating Procedures (NOP) and Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for a commercial swimming pool. Commercial swimming pools can be complex and the water treatment system will certainly involve some highly hazardous substances. There is much that
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All sorts of things can go wrong with swimming pool water for any number of different reasons. Things can get out of hand very quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. However, there is one key variable that can have a dramatic influence on the quality of your pool water. Get this issue right,
Get your swimming pool chemicals wrong and you could end up creating lethal toxic gases or violent explosions and fires! Test your knowledge. Select what each of the chemicals are primarily used for. See how many you get right.
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).
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
It’s important not to overload a pool with pollution. Since bather are the main source of pollution, the numbers using the pool on a daily basis should be controlled. In order to calculate the total daily bather load the following formula should be used: 25 to 50% of the instantaneous bather load multiplied by
It is important that pool operators do not over load a pool with bathers. It makes it difficult for lifeguards to spot people in trouble and it also has a negative impact in the quality of the pool water. Pool operators need to establish two different types of bather load: Instantaneous bather load Total daily
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
Swimming pool operators need to have a Normal Operating Procedure (NOP) that includes key technical information about their pool. We have put together a spreadsheet that will hopefully take a little bit of the hassle out of the process of obtaining this information. Click on the ‘Pool Plant Operator’ link below and scroll down to
The authoritative source of expert advice and guidance, recognised by the Health & Safety Executive and OFSTED is the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group. Establishments that operate swimming pools should check that whoever they select to provide training in swimming pool water treatment are accredited by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group. This provides assurance