Sharp Edges Exposed – Are your swimmers cutting their feet?

Swimming pools are often constructed using tiles and grout.  Over time the grout will become eroded, exposing the edges of the tiles. Tile edges are sharp, particularly where they have been cut. These… Continue reading

Turning the lights off

Pool lights are useful in swimming pools as they can aid a lifeguard’s vision of swimmers in the water, whilst making the pool look aesthetically pleasing, but they can often go wrong. Lights… Continue reading

Draining Swimming Pools and why it needs to be done slowly

Swimming pools need to be able to move and are constructed with ‘expansion joints’ to enable this to happen.  Temperature changes will make the concrete tank expand or contract, as will weight differences… Continue reading

The European Eel Regulations – A Slippery Problem

In 2009 regulations came into effect in order to protect the European Eel (Anguilla anguilla), whose numbers are in decline. Eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea and the young, known as glass eels,… Continue reading

Fish Guidance Methods – Keeping Fish Safe

Fish need to be protected from inlets and outfalls.  If they gain access into pumping equipment they can be killed and fish stocks can be affected.  Critical species most at risk are migratory… Continue reading

Did you know divers no longer require a CSCS card?

Commercial divers with a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved diving qualification no longer require a Construction Skills Certification Scheme(CSCS) card to work within the construction industry. The HSE has stipulated that the… Continue reading

Keeping Your Swimmers Alive – Are You Responsible?

Council Prosecuted for Swimming Pool HSE Failings

A Council in the UK has been prosecuted by the HSE to the sum of £18,000 and ordered to pay £7,500 costs following a terrifying incident. A young girl’s hair was sucked into… Continue reading

Finger Grip Repair

Finger grip tiles are located in areas of the pool that have to withstand a heavy footfall. This can often lead to finger grip tiles obtaining extensive damage.  Once the finger grip tiles… Continue reading

HSE Guidance- Pool Profiles

The following guidance is taken from the HSE publication ‘Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools’. “Abrupt changes in depth should be avoided in water less than 1.5 m in depth; Changes in… Continue reading