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Swimming pool audits

In response to a recent coronial inquiry into the drowning of an international tourist in a resort swimming pool, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has audited resort swimming pools across the state.

During the audits, inspectors used the Royal Life Saving Society Australia's Aquatic Facility Safety Assessment Checklist (DOCX, 180.35 KB) and Safety Improvement Plan, which are based on the RLSSA Guidelines for Water Safety for Hotel, Motel, Caravan and Camping Ground Pools.

These guidelines were produced in consultation with the aquatics industry throughout Australia and are relied upon as a minimum standards document providing guidance to the aquatics industry on the minimum aquatic facility requirements.

Key resort pool hazards that contribute to the risk of injury, illness or death include:

  • large bodies of water with a many people using it at any one time
  • the presence of children and adults with varying levels of swimming experience
  • design or construction of the pool obstructing the line of sight of supervisors
  • pool depths that change suddenly without adequate signage provisions
  • the presence of large water-borne inflatable devices permanently or semi-permanently located in pools for common use (slides, bouncing castles, line ropes)
  • slips, trips and falls from wet surfaces
  • hazardous pool chemicals located on site
  • unsecured equipment – umbrellas, sunshades and outdoor equipment that can become dangerous projectiles in high winds
  • communicable diseases such as water-borne infections
  • an increased risk of electric shock where water is present.

WHSQ urges all resort pool operators to consider performing a pool operational health and safety management check before the approaching summer holiday season gets underway. 

You can download the Aquatic Facility Safety Assessment Checklist at worksafe.qld.gov.au (DOCX, 180.35 KB). You can also contact the Royal Life Saving Society Australia for an aquatic facility assessment on 3823 2823 or admin@rlssq.com.au.

Further information

The updated checklist is available on worksafe.qld.gov.au (DOCX, 180.35 KB).

Last updated
27 October 2016

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