This is a question we often get asked, so we thought it might be useful to provide some definitive guidance from the Pool Water Advisory Groups Code of Practice.
All pools should have an appropriate level of technical operation and supervision. The details depends on the type and use of pool.
Full-time cover: in order to comply with Health and Safety responsibilities and comply with this CoP, a qualified, trained and competent technical operator (Pool Plant Operator Certificate) should be available on-site/on call during all hours of operation at any of the following:
- public pool with more than 120 squared metres of water area
- pool with more than 120 cubic metres of water
- pool with a throughput of an average of more than 200 bathers daily
- hydrotherapy pool not in a hospital
- pool used to provide swimming lessons and swimming training
- permanent school pool facilities used by the general public and children that include interactive water features.
Visiting technical operator: all other pools or treated water facilities should have an on-site qualified, trained competent technical operator or a contract with a qualified, trained, competent technical operator for a minimum of weekly visits and assistance whenever needed. Written documentation of these visits should be available at the facility. As a minimum the written reports should indicate that: the circulation, filtration and disinfection systems were checked and working satisfactorily; the safety equipment was noted available on site and in working condition the pool and its infrastructure were in good condition water chemistry and bacteriology were tested and their resulting values recorded on the report and were found to be in compliance with this code any corrective actions were taken by the operator.
Supervisory requirements – visiting technical operator: additionally, all swimming pool water facilities without a full time, on-site qualified, trained and competent technical operator should have an on-site designated supervisor (Pool Plant Foundation). This supervisor should be capable of testing the water quality as required by this CoP and know how to make adjustments as needed to maintain water quality as specified in this CoP, and should be knowledgeable and competent regarding the operation of the facility as required in the pool’s PSOP for both normal and emergency action plans
Technical operator qualifications and certificate: a qualified technical operator should have completed a technical operator training course that is in line with this CoP. These should always be supplemented by on-site, specific training, monitoring and assessment of competence. All operator training courses should include as a minimum the learning elements detailed in the PWTAG CoP Model Syllabus (available from www.pwtag.org). A qualified technical operator should have a current certificate or written documentation showing satisfactory completion of a technical operator training course. Originals or copies of such certificate or documentation should be available on site for inspection by the Environmental Health Officers/ Health and Safety Inspector for each qualified operator employed at or contracted by the site, as specified in this CoP. Originals should be made available upon request by the relevant authority.
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