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Pool Safety with A Proper Fencing

By | Pool Safety

Written by Brick and Agent, and published on https://www.bricksandagent.com/

Having a pool in your yard definitely seems like a great source of fun. However, if the pool safety measures are lacking, a swimming pool can actually become a potential danger for your family. In order to prevent accidents around the pool, pool fencing is an essential practice. This is especially important if there are kids in the household. Following pool fence regulations and maintaining the said fence isn’t difficult compared to the added safety benefits for the household and guests.

How To Make Your Pool Safe With Proper Fencing

Do you have safe swimming pool fencing? With summer on the way it’s every pool owner’s responsibility to make sure your pool is safe for children, whether your own, a visitors or a neighbours. Young children like to go exploring and you never know when one will end up in your backyard, and in the worst case scenario, your pool.

If you’re unclear about the rules around pool fencing and think you need to get yours checked, keep reading for more information.

 

Pool Fencing Regulations

Broadly speaking, there is a strict standard Australian Standard pool fencing law (Australian Standard, AS1926.1) to make sure pools are safe for young children. This specifies the requirements for the design, construction and performance of fencing for swimming pools, plus also their location.

It also requires pool owners to regularly perform fence maintenance and check the surrounding pool area to keep it safe at all times, e.g. trim trees or shrubs near the fencing, check for loose bars or panels periodically, check latches on gates.

Each state and territory has varying ways of enforcing this pool fencing standard and there may be exemptions. Local councils can also get involved and issue fines if they think that someone isn’t complying with the state laws.

The best way to make sure that your pool fence is compliant is to check what your state requires and then follow up with your local council to see if there are additional local requirements.

 

What defines a ‘safe’ swimming pool fence?

According to the Australian Standard, AS1926.1, a safe swimming pool fence is one that a young child can’t climb under, over, through or around. It should meet the following criteria:

  • At least 1.2 metres high,
  • Have no climbing footholds,
  • Have no more than a 100mm gap at the bottom,
  • Have narrow gaps that a toddler can’t squeeze through,
  • Be strong enough that a child can’t create a gap,
  • Be tough enough that it won’t be dislodged in wild weather.

 

What materials are compliant for swimming pool fencing?

A quality pool fence that meets your State and local law regulations for pool safety is a must, but you still want it to look attractive and adhere to your personal taste.

Safety Glass – the most popular choice for pool fencing in Australia, albeit the most expensive. People like the aesthetic benefits of glass as it allows a clear unobstructed view of the pool. In terms of safety it has no gaps to climb through and is difficult to climb over.

Mesh – easy to install and allows a clear view into the pool area. You can choose a colour that works with your backyard. Difficult for children to climb over.

Metal – usually stainless steel or aluminium tubing, comes in lots of different styles and colours, affords a modern appearance. Strong and durable. More affordable than glass. Check it has been tested to ensure compliance.

 

Do I need a safety inspection?

year or every few years. If you don’t arrange an inspection and you have incorrectly installed pool fencing you can incur hefty fines.

For people selling homes or units with pools you will need a Pool Safety Certificate at the time of settlement. As soon as a Contract of Sale is signed it’s a good idea to book an inspection so there are no hold ups for the sale process.

Original post here https://www.bricksandagent.com/blog/make-pool-safe-proper-fencing.

Installing a Pool Fence Can Save Your Child’s Life

By | Pool Safety

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

When it comes to water safety, you can never be too careful. The danger of drowning is more prevalent than most parents think. A major realization that parents need to come to is that inevitably, even the most vigilant supervision can fail. This is when installing a pool fence in your backyard can be the most important safety decision you’ll ever make.

Using Dividing Fences As A Pool Barrier

In Queensland, dividing fences are often used as pool barriers as an efficient way to comply with pool safety laws. If you have to construct a new fence, replace, or modify an existing pool fence or barrier that you share with your neighbour, it’s important that it is compliant.

You can use the wall of a building on a common boundary as long as it’s compliant. You may need to build a separate barrier where any part of the wall does not meet the requirements of the pool safety standard.

Do I need to get development approval?

If you are replacing or modifying a boundary fence, you may need development approval. Contact your local government before commencing any building work.

Working with your neighbour

Discuss the fencing work with your neighbour before making any decisions. If you are unable to, or decide against discussing the work with your neighbour, you must give them a notice about the proposed work – Form 39 – Notice of proposed fencing work for a pool barrier, at least 14 days prior to starting any work.

Form 39 includes information about the type of fence proposed and the materials to be used.

Prescribed materials

The proposed pool barrier must be consistent with the existing fence (e.g. similar materials and colours), unless this prevents the fence from complying with the pool safety standard.

Who pays?

The pool laws in Queensland adopt a user-pays system. The pool owner must pay the full cost where the fencing work is required for a pool fence to be compliant with the pool safety laws.

If there is a pool on both sides of the dividing fence and both pool owners need to make the barrier compliant, the cost is shared equally. However, where one pool owner requires fencing work and the other pool owner doesn’t, the full cost must be paid by the pool owner requiring the work.

You can use a Form 41 – Agreement to contribute for fencing work for a pool barrier to formalise the agreement with your neighbour.

Access to neighbour’s property

If you need to enter your neighbour’s property to construct part of a pool barrier, you must get permission.

Your request for access should be reasonable and limited to the part of the adjoining land necessary to do the fencing work. If your neighbour doesn’t agree, you can make application to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to obtain an order.

The exception to this rule is for the urgent repair of a damaged fence. It’s important that you urgently restore the dividing fence to a reasonable standard and it may not be possible to get permission from your neighbour.

Changing the style

You may paint or change the appearance of your side of the fence, as long as you don’t materially alter or damage the fence. To change the character of an existing fence, you must get permission from your neighbour. In the case where you neighbour won’t give consent, you can contact QCAT to obtain an order.

Disagreements

If you and your neighbour are unable to come to an agreement regarding the proposed fencing work or financial contributions, try and resolve the issue by taking the matter to QCAT.
You can only take further action through QCAT if:

  • a Form 39 has been given to your neighbour; and
  • it is within 2 months from the date you issued them with the form.

Other types of pool fences/barriers

Spas –

A spa needs to be fully compliant with the pool safery standard. A lockable lid is not sufficient.

Temporary fencing –

If you need to remove a pool fence for any reason, you must construct a temporary one in its place. It should comply with the pool safety standard and have at least one compliant gate.

You can install a temporary fence for up to three months, provided it’s been inspected and approved by a building certifier.

For further time extensions, contact the certifier to organise another inspection and obtain written permission.

Special purpose-built fence (e.g. to keep a dog )

If your pool fence has a dual function and provides an enclosure for your dog as well as the pool, it must comply with the requirements for a special purpose fence. This means that it must also prevent a child from reaching into the enclosure.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/using-dividing-fences-pool-barrier.

Safety Tips for Safer Pool

By | Pool Safety

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

Swimming pools and spas are great places for family fun. It’s important to ensure everyone follows these simple safety steps to stay safer in and around the water.

Helpful tips on making your pool safer

Below are some simple and cost-effective ways to make your pool safer and help you comply with the pool safety standard laws.

Garden beds and ground levels

  • remove surrounding garden beds from the fence
  • reduce the height of surrounding ground levels and garden beds
  • raise the barrier height to at least 1200 millimetres above the finished ground level (permanent stable surface).

Gates

  • ensure that the gate doesn’t swing inwards towards the pool area
  • install a striker or latch to make the gate self-latching
  • ensure the gate is self-closing and self-latching from any position without the use of a manual force
  • adjust the self-closing mechanism or replace the hinges to make the gate self-closing
  • oil the hinges if the gate is not closing properly
  • ensure the gate is regularly maintained

Climbable objects

  • shield any climbable objects with a non-climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting, vertical palings or a ‘fillet’ that has an angle of 60 degrees or more
  • trim any branches within 900 millimetres of the pool barrier – if there are branches overhanging from an adjacent property, you may need to negotiate with your neighbour to remove them
  • if vertical gaps are more than 10mm, fix a timber wedge fillet (minimum 60 degree angle) along the horizontal rails within the 900 millimetre non-climbable zone
  • shield any lattice or other climbable material within the non-climbable zone with a non-climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting or vertical palings
  • trim any climbable vegetation away from the barrier
  • remove all climbable objects within the 900 millimetres non-climbable zone

Windows that access the pool area

  • a window can be part of the barrier if—
  • there is a clear drop of at least 1800mm from the sill down to the pool area, or
  • the window sill is 1200mm high on the inside with no climbable objects within 900mm
  • otherwise, the window must be permanently fixed shut with security screens or with a permanent window chock so it can’t be opened wider than 100 mm. This ‘chock’ is not able to be removed by hand and can only be removed by way of using a tool e.g. an Allen Key.
  • a permanent flyscreen can be used if the height on the inside is more than 900mm and less than 1200mm
  • gaps between louvres must be no more than 100mm and louvres must be fixed in place so that they cannot be removed without the use of a tool. Glass louvres must pass strength and rigidity requirements, and thin glass may not meet standards.
  • window locks cannot be used as they can be left unlocked.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/helpful-tips-making-your-pool-safer.

Standards Pool Fencing

By | Pool Safety

Written by My Pool Safety and published on https://www.mypoolsafety.com.au/.

Temperatures have been climbing and that means many Aussies will be thinking of installing a pool in their backyard for summer. Fencing isn’t just a must when your nice new pool is complete and ready to go – you’ll need to make sure that your pool is fenced during construction as well. Pool fencing regulations in NSW are strict. Without care they’ll disrupt your design intent or cause you to rethink planting palm trees poolside. But they’re there for a reason – to reduce the event of accidental drownings. To have confidence your pool will meet the regulatory requirements, understanding the pool fencing regulations in New South Wales is crucial to your pool design project.

Australian Standards on pool fencing in NSW

Drowning is one of the major causes of death among children below 5 years old. Adult supervision is the best protection against drowning of children. Along with this, a child-resistant pool fence can act as secondary protection.

Thus, the Australian Government has been making a great effort to ratify a number of laws to reduce pool accidents and drowning cases. As a pool owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that their children are safe in the pool.

Moreover, you should ensure that your pool is safe and compliant with the law. To guide you with this laws, here is an resource explaining the Australian standard on pool and spa fencing and gate in NSW.

HISTORY OF SWIMMING POOLS ACT IN NSW

·    (PRELIMINARY) SWIMMING POOLS ACT 1990

Since 1990, each local State in Australia has its own set of pool requirements. Thus, the Swimming Pool Act 1990 was introduced. This states a number of requirements for swimming pools.

However, it was discussed that there are some discrepancies from the pool standard. Hence, it was repealed and replaced by Swimming Pools Act 1992. In the Swimming Pool Act 1992, they introduced some exceptions on the pool fence requirement under sections 8, 9 and 10.

·    SWIMMING POOLS ACT 1992

The Swimming Pool Act 1992 applies the AS 1926-1986. This act requires all new swimming pools to install a child-resistant barrier. Its general requirement is to separate the pool from any residential building.

For pools on small properties with less than 230 square metres, they are exempted from the requirement provided that access to the pool is restricted through a child-proof door and window. This also applies to pools that are constructed before 1 Aug 1990.

This act has been amended 8 times from 1992 to the current period. There are also 3 versions of the Regulations which are from 1992, 1998 and 2008.

·    SWIMMING POOLS AMENDMENT ACT 2009

The Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2009 was a result of a review of the Swimming Pools Act in 2006. It was identified that the risk of a child to drown is related to the type of barrier installed around the pool. This means that installing a four-sided barrier has a much lower risk of drowning compared to a three-sided barrier.

After several discussions, the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2009 was made. Its main objective is for new pools to install a consistent and high standard four-sided pool barrier.

·    SWIMMING POOLS AMENDMENT ACT 2012

Since the number of fatal drowning among children is rising, different pool safety advocates requested to further strengthen the Swimming Pools Act. Thus, the Department of Premier and Cabinet has released a Discussion Paper which reviews the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

This results in the ratification of the Swimming Pools Amendment Act 1992. They made a lot of amendments including the requirement to register the pool on the Swimming Pool Register, creation of a new class of certifiers (E1 certifiers), obligation to have a certificate of compliance before sale or lease of a property with a pool.

·    SWIMMING POOLS REGULATIONS 2018

The Swimming Pools Regulations 2018 commenced last 1 September 2018. It supports Swimming Pools Act 1992. It also features some improvements in the operation and administration of the Act. The changes include increasing maximum fees that local authorities may charge, new requirement to display a warning notice for pools that are being constructed, minor changes on the warning notices.

To further explain the Swimming Pools Act, Australian Standards are published. It provides a minimum set of requirements to ensure that the regulation is reliable and consistent.

AUSTRALIAN STANDARD FOR POOL FENCING

In NSW, there are 3 different standards that apply. These standards also depend on when the swimming pool was constructed.

AS 1926 was the Australian standards for Fences and Gates for Private Swimming Pools. It was published on 4 August 1986. The following are the Australian standards for pool fencing in NSW.

·    AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS 1926-1986

This was intended for pool fences and gates for private swimming pools. This is the standard used for pools that are constructed until 30 August 2008.

·    AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS 1926.1-2007

This is the Australian standard for pools that are constructed from 1 September 2008 up to 30 April 2013. For its Part 1, it contains safety barriers for swimming pools.

This standard was implemented to assist pool owners in avoiding any pool-related accidents. This is done by providing various options on pool designs, construction and performance.

·    AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS 1926.1-2012

This is the Australian standard for swimming pool safety. It is applicable for pools that are constructed from 1 May 2013 up to present. This also incorporates changes to correct and clarify certain inconsistencies from the previous version.

IMPORTANT DATES (SWIMMING POOL LAWS)

The requirements for the pool fence in a residential building will differ according to the date the pool was constructed. Here are the important dates to look for.

·    POOLS THAT ARE BUILT BEFORE 1 AUGUST 1990

All means of access from a residential building to the pool must be restricted at all times. If windows and doors are part of the barrier, they must be compliant with the regulation.

·    POOLS BUILT AFTER 1 AUGUST 1990, BEFORE 1 JULY 2010

All pool must be enclosed by a child-resistant barrier. It should also separate the pool from a residential building.

Moreover, there are exemptions apply to pools with very small property with less than 230 square metres, pools with a large property with 2 hectares or over and waterfront property.

·    POOLS BUILT AFTER 1 JULY 2010

A compliant pool barrier must separate the residential building and swimming pool. This applies to all new pools.

AFTER KNOWING ALL THE AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS ON POOL & SPA FENCING AND GATE IN NSW? WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

Keeping your kids and loved ones safe in the pool should be one of your priorities as a pool owner. Thus, installing a child-resistant barrier is necessary.

Understanding the Australian standard is important to raise awareness among homeowners about pool safety. Apart from that, knowing this can help you determine which standard is applicable to your pool.

For further information about pool safety, you can approach an experienced and reliable private certifier like My Pool Safety. They can inspect and assess your pools. They can also provide services such as pool repairs to make your pools compliant with the law.

Original post here https://www.mypoolsafety.com.au/Australian-Standard-Pool-Spa-Fencing-Gate-NSW-Explained.

Pool And Spa Registration Requirements

By | Pool Safety

Written by Admin and published on https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/.

If you are the owner of land on which a pool or spa is located, you must register your pool and spa with the relevant council. Contact the council or check their website for more information on how to register your pool or spa, including the fees payable. You will be required to complete a registration form and pay the registration fee. For pools and spas constructed or commenced before 1 November 2020, an information search fee will also be payable.

Swimming Pool and Spa Registration

The Victorian Government has introduced new requirements to improve swimming pool and spa safety, including inspection, maintenance and compliance requirements for property owners.

It is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with the relevant council.

If you own a pool or spa in the City of Melbourne municipality, you now need to:

  • Register your swimming pool or spa with City of Melbourne before 1 June 2020.
  • Arrange for an inspection of your pool or spa safety barrier for compliance every four years.
  • Lodge a Pool and Spa Barrier Compliance Certificate with City of Melbourne every four years.
  • Pay the prescribed fees to City of Melbourne upon registration and lodgement of the certificate.

We will not be sending formal notification to owners, so be sure to register as soon as you are able before 1 November 2020.

There will be a penalty if you do not register your pool by 1 November 2020.

Why has the law changed?

Pools and spas are the most common location of drownings for children aged five and under, and on average four children die in home pools and spas every year.

Eighty per cent of swimming pool and spa barriers in Victoria aren’t meeting safety standards. The new state-wide regulations aim to make pools and spas safer for everyone, particularly kids aged five and under.

How to register your pool or spa

If you own a property that has a permanent or relocatable pool or spa, you need to register your details with us by submitting the application form below:

Application to register a swimming pool or spa

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There is a one-off registration fee of $79 set by the Victorian Government to cover administration costs, including an information search fee.

What happens after you’ve registered

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation that your pool or spa is registered.

You don’t need to do anything else until we contact you with more information explaining:

  • the date of construction of your pool or spa
  • which standards apply to your barrier
  • the date by which the first or next certificate of barrier compliance must be lodged with us.

Pool and spa registration – FAQs

More information

​For more information and queries about the new pool and spa safety standards introduced by the Victorian Government, as well as safety barrier guides, visit Victorian Building Authority (VBA) – Swimming pool and spa registration requirements.

Original post here https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/building-and-development/planning-and-building-services/building-safety-amenity/Pages/swimming-pool-spa-registration.aspx.

 

Requirements for CPR and Warning Signs

By | Pool Safety

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

CPR signs mandatory in pool areas. You must have a cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign displayed near your pool or spa that complies with ‘Guideline 8—cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in January 2016.

L&V Pools supply a CPR sign as part of your handover package and recommend you install it immediately to meet https://www.totalpoolsafetyinspections.com.au/what-happens-if-your-pool-or-pool-barrier-is-non-compliant/Australian safety requirements.

To comply with pool safety laws and achieve pool safety certification, homeowners and businesses who have pools, who are selling or renting a property with a pool, or are installing a new pool, must install a CPR sign.

CPR and warning signs

If you have a pool, you must display a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign prominently.

If you’re building a new pool, you must display a warning sign during construction and a CPR sign when it’s completed.

CPR signs

Signage requirements

If you’re replacing a CPR sign, ensure it:

  • is attached to the pool’s safety barrier or displayed near the pool, so a person near the pool can see it easily
  • is at least 300mm x 300mm in size
  • is made of durable and weatherproof material
  • includes a prominent statement explaining how to act in an emergency (e.g. call Triple Zero (000), stay with the injured person, provide first aid).

CPR signs bought and displayed after 1 January 2017

From 1 January 2017, any new or replacement CPR signs must show how to perform CPR in line with the technique published in ANZCOR Guideline 8 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (PDF), published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in January 2016.

CPR signs bought and displayed before 1 January 2017

You can continue to use an existing CPR sign until it becomes illegible if it both:

  • was purchased and displayed before 1 January 2017
  • complies with Guideline 7 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in January 2016.

However, once you replace this sign, it must now comply with the requirements mentioned above.

Warning signs

If you’re building a swimming pool, you must display a sign stating it’s under construction before construction starts.

The warning sign must:

  • warn people that a swimming pool is under construction and there is a danger to young children accessing the land (e.g. ‘Danger. Swimming pool under construction. Keep children out.’)
  • be placed within 1.5m of the land’s road frontage
  • be mounted so the bottom of the sign is at least 300mm above ground level
  • be positioned so it’s visible from the road
  • be made of weatherproof material
  • have the warning written in bold text at least 50mm high.

If the land has more than one road frontage, you only need a warning sign on one.

This requirement doesn’t apply to portable pools that don’t require a building approval.

What Happens If Your Pool or Pool Barrier is Non-Compliant

By | Pool Safety

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

Owning a swimming pool comes with great responsibility. It is not enough to just make it pleasing to your eyes. You should also make sure that it is safe to use especially for younger kids. Aside from that, the pool should comply with the necessary pool standards.

Unfortunately, mistakes can be inevitable for pool owners. These common mistakes can make the pool non-compliant result in paying expensive fines. To help you prevent these mishaps, here is a blog post about 6 mistakes that make pool non-compliant.

What to do if your pool is non-compliant

A pool safety certificate is only needed if the property is sold or leased.

What happens if my pool doesn’t comply?

The purpose of a compliant pool is to provide a safeguard for young children from drowning or injury in regulated pools. If your pool is non-compliant, you may get a fine from your local government.

How to make your pool compliant and avoid a fine

You can:

  • get advice from a licensed pool safety inspector about what to do to make your pool comply; or
  • get a licensed pool safety inspector to do a formal inspection with a view to getting a certificate (for peace of mind).

If you choose to get a formal inspection and your pool doesn’t comply, you will receive a non-conformity notice.  If you don’t request a re-inspection within three months, the pool safety inspector has to give a copy of the notice to your local government.

Can I sell my property if my pool doesn’t have a pool safety certificate?

Yes, you are still able to sell your property.

Seller’s responsibility

Complete the Form 36 – Notice of no pool safety certificate and provide a copy to the buyer and the QBCC. If you own a property with a shared pool, you will also need to provide a copy of the form to the owner of the pool (usually a body corporate). If you are the pool owner, you are responsible for ensuring the barrier is compliant with the pool safety standard at all times, even after providing/receiving the Form 36. Failing to do so may result in penalties.

Buyer’s responsibility

Obtain a certificate within 90 days after settlement.

Leasing  a property with a non-shared pool

You must hold a valid certificate before you lease your property.

Original post here https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/what-do-if-your-pool-non-compliant.

Pool Safety: How to Comply with the Pool Fencing Regulations

By | Pool Safety

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

Swimming pool owners in Queensland have an obligation to abide by the Pool Fence Regulations In QLD that stipulate their pool barriers should meet certain minimum standards if they are to comply with the safety standards. The main reason behind these regulations is to minimise and where possible eliminate cases of children drowning and suffering serious immersion injuries.

Does Your Pool Comply?

The pool safety standard covers such things as the height and strength of barriers, mandatory non-climbable zones, gates and their latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.

To assist in finding out if your pool meets the current pool safety standard, use the checklist below as it covers some of the main issues:

Fences

  • The minimum height from finished ground level (a permanent stable surface) to the top of the barrier is 1200mm.
  • The maximum allowable gap from finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm.
  • There must be one gap of at least 900mm between any horizontal rails on the outside, and the gaps in the vertical members must not exceed 100mm at any point.
  • If there is no gap between horizontal rails of at least 900mm, then the horizontal rails must be on the inside and the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 10mm.
  • For fences less than 1800mm high, climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside and, where the verticals are more than 10mm apart, 300mm on the inside.
  • For fences at least 1800mm high, the 900mm non-climbable zone may be on the inside of the fence and must be measured from the top of the inside.  This could be useful for a boundary fence, for example, where it is difficult to make the non climbable zone outside the fence . Make sure that there is nothing underneath this zone that a child could jump on to, which would reduce the effective height of the fence from the minimum 1800mm

Gates

  • Pool gates must not open inwards to the pool area and must be self-closing and self-latching from all positions.
  • Latches on the gate must be at least 1500mm high from finished ground level (a permanent stable surface) and at least 1400mm above the highest lower horizontal member. If not, the latch must be located inside so that it is necessary to reach over or through the fencing at a height of not less than 1200mm above finished ground level or at least 1000mm above the top part of the highest lower horizontal member. It must also be 150mm below the top of the gate or the edge of any hand hole opening and, if necessary, covered with a 450mm radius shield with no openings greater than 10mm
  • Pool gate hinges thicker than 10mm must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge must have a non-climbable (at least a sixty degree) safety cap fixed to prevent climbing.
Diagram of a pool barrier showing heights
Diagram showing the dimensions for pool barrier latches

 

Door and windows

  • There can be no direct access through a door from the house or another building, to the pool area.
  • Generally, any windows opening onto the pool area must not open more than 100mm or must have a security screen fitted.

Signage

  • A compliant CPR sign must be displayed, either attached to the pool fence, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is easily visible to anyone near the pool.

More information

If in doubt, contact us for advice and assistance.

Penalties for non-compliance

Local governments have the power to investigate compliance with pool safety standards and can issue fines.

If you don’t comply with pool safety standards, local governments can issue on-the-spot fines.

If you fail to register your pool, QBCC can issue penalties which includes an on-the-spot fines and the court can impose penalties.

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

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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