In 13 years of providing compensation, Accident Advice Helpline has encountered many instances where health and safety measures may have gone a bit too far. Often, what seems like reasonable and well-meaning ideas at the time, can often end up becoming a bureaucratic nightmare, or subject to universal public ridicule. Here is one such example.
Examples of swimming pool hazards
Fewer places need stricter controls on hygiene standards and health and safety more than a local swimming pool. Swimming pools can be a breeding ground for bacteria and contagious infections.
Hygiene is a vital part of health and safety, especially in public amenities where the presence of bacteria causes a high risk of transmission of illnesses and infections. In addition to folliculitis and verrucas, swimming pools are a major source of transmission of Legionnaires’ disease. It is important to maintain high safety standards.
Not only do swimming pools present a major risk of infection, but they also pose a risk of slips, trips and falls. The wet environment creates a very serious hazard.
There are however, no swimming pool specific health and safety laws. Swimming pool operators must only comply with their general duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the associated regulations.
The law does not state what safety measures an operator must put in place. Such judgements must be made by each operator, based on the particular risks in their pool.
Based on these guidelines by the HSE, pools in Bournemouth were told to stop lending inflatables to families who hadn’t brought their own, as they couldn’t guarantee they’d be free of bacteria. Swimming pools are under constant pressure to eliminate any potential sources of bacteria, due to the risk of spreading Legionnaires’ disease and other bacterial infections.
If you’ve been injured or contracted a serious illness as the result of poorly maintained facilities, then you may be entitled to make a public liability claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are here to help. Our freephone lines are open 24/7, where a friendly and professional advisor is waiting to take your call. You are under no obligation to proceed with any claim. Accident Advice Helpline is supported by consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown