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What Did A Pool Safety Inspectors Do?

By | Pool Safety Inspections

Written by QBCC QLD and published on https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/.

Pool safety certificates are required when selling or leasing a property with a pool. These certificates may only be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector after they have inspected the pool and deem it to be compliant with the pool safety standard. A pool safety inspector’s role is to inspect pools to determine whether they comply with the standard. They can issue safety certificates and nonconformity notices.

Pool safety inspectors

A pool safety inspector’s role is to inspect pools to determine whether they comply with the standard. If the pool is compliant, the inspector will issue a pool safety certificate. If the pool doesn’t meet the standard, a nonconformity notice will be issued after the inspection, unless:

  • the inspector reinspects the pool within two days after the initial inspection and is satisfied that the pool now complies, or
  • the owner and pool safety inspector agree that the inspector will carry out minor repairs within 20 business days of the original inspection.

The cost of a pool safety certificate is $39.45 (certificate only, not inclusive of additional inspection expenses).

If you have any doubts or questions about the inspection, ask the pool safety inspector for more information.

Engaging a pool safety inspector

If you want advice about your pool, the fence or a barrier, you can engage an inspector on a consultancy basis for advice only.

For a pool safety inspector to conduct a full inspection and issue a certificate or non-conformity notice, there is no set amount. However, we encourage you to get a few quotes before engaging their services.

Some inspectors can also carry out minor repairs such as adjusting or replacing a latch or striker and removing climbable objects.

Find a pool safety inspector

Search for a pool safety inspector online using Search for a swimming pool safety inspector.

You can choose from a list of inspectors in your area by searching under local government or if you are looking for a specific inspector, you can enter the name, business name or license number.

You may also find an inspector within your local government, as they are obliged to provide a pool safety inspection service when requested. You may be charged a cost-recovery fee for the service.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/pool-safety-inspectors.

What is Pool Safety Compliance?

By | Pool Safety

Written by QBCC QLD and published on https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/.

All properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa that are being leased or sold must have a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance. This includes any property that is already leased or for sale.

​A swimming pool compliance certificate is a certificate that states your swimming pool or external spa is safe and compliant to the applicable Australian standards.

Pool safety compliance

Compliant pool barriers help save lives by preventing young children from accessing swimming pools.

All pools, including spas and some portable pools, must now comply with the pool safety standard.

The standard applies to homes with new or existing pools as well as short and long-term accommodation premises. This includes new and existing pools in houses, unit complexes, hotels, motels, backpacker accommodation, caravan parks, and mobile van parks.

Pool owners need to be aware that any person who props open a pool gate is liable to an on-the-spot fine of over $450.

What classes as a swimming pool?

A swimming pool is defined as an above or belowground structure principally used for swimming or bathing, including some models of portable pools and spas.

If your portable pool or spa can hold more than 300 millimeters of water then the laws apply to you. The pool laws don’t apply to fishponds, however, if you have a swimming pool that is now being used for another purpose e.g. as a fishpond, it is still considered a pool and must have a compliant barrier.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/pool-safety-compliance.

How to Build a Swimming Pool

By | Pool Safety

Written by QBCC QLD and published on https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/.

The decision to build a pool is a big one, and building a pool is a big job! It is something that takes time and the process can be tedious, but the more informed you are, the easier it is for everyone. You’ll be giving up your backyard for a good chunk of time, around 10-14 weeks once the pool shell is shot, but we promise to keep you informed of our progress throughout the project.

Building a new pool

A swimming pool can be a great addition to your home; however, the construction and maintenance process can be complex. This guide includes a few tips to help you along the way.

Recommendations from family and friends who own pools are a good starting point. Discuss their experiences involving size, location, finishes, landscaping, building time, upkeep and any issues they faced during or after construction.

What approvals are needed?

• Building approval – your pool builder will draw up plans and specifications for your approval and is also responsible for the lodging of the documents with your local government, a private certifier and the relevant statutory authorities.
• Sewerage and water supply approval – in most cases your pool builder will arrange this.
• Structural stability- Before approval, your local government or private certifier will require information from the pool builder to ensure that the pool will be structurally sound. For difficult sites, structural advice may be required from a qualified engineer.

Choosing a pool builder

Arrange several pool builders to inspect your site, provide written quotations and details of their warranties. Before you accept a quote or sign a contract, check with QBCC that the pool builder is licensed using the license search.

What should be included in the quote?

Discuss with the pool builders your requirements in relation to:

• Shape, location on-site, interior lining, size and depth of the pool
• Number and type of inlets, skimmer boxes and drains required
• Filtration equipment required – type, capacity, and positioning
• Accessories such as underwater lights, cleaners, ladders and handrails

Also, confirm the builder’s responsibilities and exactly what work will be included, such as pool surrounds and landscaping.

What should be in the contract?

A range of contracts can be used for swimming pool construction. The Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) provides contract documentation specifically tailored for this purpose.

All domestic pool contracts for work valued at more than $3,300 must comply with certain legal requirements:

• A 5-business day “cooling-off” period and the requirement for the contractor to provide the homeowner with a written contract and a QBCC-approved Contract Information Statement.

• The deposit paid must not exceed 10% for work up to $20,000 in value, or 5% for projects over $20,000.
Whichever contract you use, read it carefully and seek legal advice about any concerns you may have before signing.
Make sure your contract documentation is supported by appropriate drawings and details of all aspects of your pool, including the physical dimensions, shape, size, water depth, interior finish, type of filtration and access. Your contract should also clearly identify the amount and timing of progress payments.

Check the contract for provisions about unforeseen events, such as encountering rock in the course of excavation and wet weather. You should also obtain in writing any details regarding warranties on the pool and the associated equipment.

What about insurance?

If you have an insurance policy covering your house and contents, let your insurance company know that you are building a pool and make sure it will be covered by your house policy. You may have to increase your coverage or arrange an extension to your existing house and contents policy.

If you enter into a contract with your pool builder on or after 28 October 2016, your contractor will now have to pay compulsory Home Warranty Insurance. This insurance provides homeowners with cover for loss where the licensed contractor does not complete the contracted works or fails to rectify defective work.

What are the fencing requirements?

Pools under construction don’t need to comply with the pool safety standard before the pool is filled to a depth of 300mm. It may be appropriate to construct a temporary barrier for workplace health and safety reasons during construction while the pool is empty.

Before the pool is filled with 300mm of water, a compliant temporary fence must be in place. It can be used for up to three months provided it is inspected and approved by the building certifier who approved the application. A temporary fence can only be used for longer than three months with further written approval by the building certifier. The building certifier can only give the final inspection certificate when there is a permanent compliant barrier in place.

What happens when the pool is completed?

A comprehensive ‘handover’ by the builder is essential. It is important that everyone who will be responsible for your pool’s care and maintenance learns about sanitizing the water, operating and maintaining the filtration equipment, and operating and maintaining the chlorination equipment (if applicable).

The building certifier, either a private building certifier or a local government building certifier, who approved the building approval must inspect and certify the pool safety barrier before the pool is filled to a depth of 300 millimeters or more.

Mandatory follow-up inspections are required to be undertaken if the final inspection has not been done. Building certifiers are required to undertake the follow-up inspection at 6 months for new pools or 2 years if the building approval was for a new house and pool. If the building approval is due to lapse earlier than six months or two years, the final inspection must be done before it lapses.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/building-or-renovating/building-new-pool.

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Such an efficient professional service. I phoned Daniel to inspect our pool and within an hour our pool had been inspected, certified and a compliance certificate issued via email. Highly recommend 👍
Zamia Selman
Zamia Selman
00:25 30 May 19
Such an efficient professional service. I phoned Daniel to inspect our pool and within an hour our pool had been inspected, certified and a compliance certificate issued via email. Highly recommend 👍
Zamia Selman
Zamia Selman
00:25 30 May 19
Punctual, friendly, professional, and responded to all communications courteously and expeditiously. From phone call to pool certificate being issues in just one working day. Well done! Would highly recommend.
Andrew Mitrega
Andrew Mitrega
03:14 29 Apr 19
Punctual, friendly, professional, and responded to all communications courteously and expeditiously. From phone call to pool certificate being issues in just one working day. Well done! Would highly recommend.
Andrew Mitrega
Andrew Mitrega
03:14 29 Apr 19
Very impressed with Daniel’s professionalism and knowledge. A very thorough inspection and helped me immensely with his advice on steps to achieve compliance. I have no hesitation in recommending his services to any pool owner.
Jan Kirkham
Jan Kirkham
07:30 14 Mar 19
Very impressed with Daniel’s professionalism and knowledge. A very thorough inspection and helped me immensely with his advice on steps to achieve compliance. I have no hesitation in recommending his services to any pool owner.
Jan Kirkham
Jan Kirkham
07:30 14 Mar 19

Swimming Pool Safety Checklist

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Swimming Pool Safety Checklist Tips

“How do I ensure my pool fence is compliant?”

This is a question we are often asked by many of our clients.  Whilst we endeavour to provide as much information as we can to anyone in need of a safety certificate there can be areas of non compliance which are not as obvious as others.

That is where a swimming pool safety checklist can come in handy. A good swimming pool safety checklist should clearly demonstrate most if not all the areas your pool barrier needs to pass in order to ensure you will be issued a pool safety certificate in the fastest time possible, avoiding the additional costs of re-inspection fees and unnecessary delays which may hinder the sale or lease of your property.

How To Ensure Your Pool Fence Gate is Compliant:

swimming pool safety checklistThe pool fence gate is one of the most critical aspects of the overall compliance of your barrier. A non compliant pool gate can lead to fines which may exceed $20,000 or worse still the drowning of a young child.

The most important aspect is that the gate is self closing and self latching from all positions. This includes fully open to simply resting on the latch. That’s right resting on the latch. The good new is that most gate hinges are adjustable so you can easily increase the tension with a flat head screwdriver in order to get the gate closing properly from all positions.

The next thing to check is the hinges. The distance from the top of the top hinge to the top of the bottom hinge must be a minimum of 900mm. Unless the bottom hinge has an angled safety cap which can usually be purchased from Bunnings separately or are sold included with a set of new hinges. Hinges are very easy to be relocated on aluminium pool barriers and usually should not take more than 5-10mins to do this if obtaining an angled safety cap to make it non climbable proves difficult for you. As long as they have the minimum 900mm distance apart you are good.

The following diagram is provided courtesy of the QBCC Queensland Building & Construction Commission.

You will notice from the diagram above that the bottom of the knob of the pool latch must be a minimum of 1500mm from the ground level. So its not 1500mm to the very top of the latch.

If this is not the case you should be able to relocate the latch to a higher position by removing a screw which is generally used to hold it in position.  This may require you to also repositon the latching mechanism which may know be out of alignment.

Why You Need A Pool Safety Certificate

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Pool Safety Certificate Inspections

pool safety certificate inspectionsAs of December, 2015, every swimming pool in Queensland, Australia is required to be inspected and have a Pool Safety Certificate. This safety certificate is an official document that ensures that a pool complies with all the safety regulations and standards for pools in Queensland and must be provided by a licensed pool safety inspector.

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Australian Pool Fence Safety Standards

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The following article provides a detailed overview of the current pool safety standards in place across Australia.  This information will give our readers a better insight into what constitutes non compliance which include diagrams to provide a clearer explanation of the current pool safety laws currently in place.  This information is kindly provided by he SPASA website and we trust you will find this information helpful in assessing your own pool fence for compliance.

Australian Pool Fencing Rules – An Overview

Australian Standard AS1926.1 – Safety Barriers for Swimming Pools

The current Australian Standard AS1926-2012 (the standard) is in place as the standard in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the ACT. In these jurisdictions, the standard is called up by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and in many cases, there are local variations effected under legislation. Northern Territory operates under AS1926.1 – 1993.

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Drowning risk posed by Clark Rubber swimming pool fence

By | Pool Safety Inspections

Following is an interesting article describing a certain pool fence which has proven to be non compliant when it comes to the Queensland pool safety laws.

Drowning risk posed by Clark Rubber swimming pool fence

Four-year-old Curtis Modrow almost became a drowning statistic last Christmas Day. His family invested thousands in a new pool fence, but it did little to stop him from wanting to take an unsupervised splash.

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8 Key Steps to Keeping Your Swimming Pool Safe

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There are few accidents more tragic, nor more preventable, than a child drowning. As such, this is one area in which too much diligence and caution is not enough.

Many of the tips below may seem obvious on their own. Only when compiled together does it become clear just how much can – and should – be done.

Most of the following are very simple and cost-effective. Others may seem excessive, but will pay for themselves in peace of mind.

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Pool Safety Tips

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Once in a while we come across some helpful pool safety tips online that we like to share with our readers.  The following article has some good information regarding pool drowning statistics and some good pointers on how to help avoid them.

Pool Safety Tips – Important Lessons

With the weather warming up and summer fast approaching we are about to enter the most dangerous months for kids around the pool.

The recently released Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2011 found that 42 children aged 0-14 years drowned in Australia between 2010/11. Of those deaths 16 of them occurred around family and public swimming pools. This is an alarming figure when the majority of these deaths could have been avoided.

It is not surprising that 41 percent of all drowning deaths in Australia took place in summer and peaked in January. As a nation we live in the water, from surfing to swimming, Australians can’t get enough of it and most kids are in the water before they can walk or talk. But how do we avoid losing our kids to the Aussie summer lifestyle?

For over 15 years Royal Life Saving’s Keep Watch program has been educating parents and carers on strategies to keep their children safe when in, on, or around the water by promoting the 4 Keep Watch actions:

 

– Supervise Your Child – Always be within arms’ reach.
– Restrict Access to Water – Provide barriers to water locations.
– Be Water Aware – Introduce your child to water through water awareness classes; discuss hazards and put rules in place at aquatic locations.
– Learn Resuscitation – Resuscitation is a skill for life. A rapid response is the best response in an emergency.

Without a doubt the most effective way to keep your kids safe around the pool is active adult supervision. Nothing beats keeping your eyes on your kids and even if you think they are excellent swimmers, accidents still happen. In 46 percent of all drowning deaths around swimming pools falls occurred immediately prior to the drowning. The effectiveness of active adult supervision cannot be underestimated.

But don’t let that deter you from teaching your children to swim. It is still the best way to equip your child for a life around the water. In many cases knowing how to swim can make the difference between losing their life and keeping it.

As Christmas fast approaches one of the most popular items on the wish list will be a swimming pool and many families are turning to inflatable pools as a cheaper alternative to in-ground ones. But what many people aren’t aware of is that these pools are just as dangerous as other types and need fences and barriers put in place to keep kids safe. Check with your local council on what safety restrictions are required before you decide to purchase.

Pool toys and products can also pose a threat to young children drawn to colourful toys left floating in the pool. Be sure to put all toys away after your time in the pool with the kids has come to an end. While floaties and noodles are great products for kids to use as their confidence in the water is developing it can sometimes give parents a false sense of security in regards to their child’s swimming ability. Adult supervision is still vital even when your child is wearing floaties. For more information you can print off the Royal Life Saving Pool Toy Safety checklist.

Another great resource for summer safety is the Royal Life Saving Home Pool Safety Checklist which is a comprehensive list of checks from pool chemicals to faulty gates.

Drowning is preventable. If parents and carers put simple safety measures in place it is possible to radically reduce the number of young lives lost around the pool this summer.

Always be mindful that we need to do our part in maintaining the safety of young children in any way we can.

Article source:  http://www.essentialkids.com.au/life/home/pool-safety-pointers-20111103-1mwn3

 

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