Shortcomings in Pool Management Causes Closures

Standards Are Falling
News article published: 15th May 2019
Failures in swimming and hydrotherapy pool management is causing some businesses across the country to close, as facilities are not suitable for use and do not meet the relevant industry standard. An increasingly indifferent attitude towards water hygiene protocol is being blamed and has led to both public and private pool closures. These recent examples demonstrate the need for a sea-change in how seriously we regard pool operation and management. Some cases have involved the spread of disease and have required Public Health England (PHE) to intervene. Two public swimming pools in the north of England have recently been closed by the local council after several swimmers contracted the cryptosporidiosis bacteria, which causes stomach complaints that can include serious diarrhoea. Both pools were forced to close while the facilities were flushed and deep-cleaned by experts from PHE. The upshot of this was that the pool facilities were unavailable for use for a number of days, resulting in lost revenue, while swimmers are likely to be put off in future by the thought of the bacteria. Better pool hygiene is essential to keep members of the public and staff safe and well and to keep public buildings open for use. Other instances have involved shortages of vital resources. The recent shortage of pressurised CO2 in the UK has caused a problem for a number of facilities, particularly those in more remote areas. Medical facilities always take precedence in such scenarios, meaning that leisure facilities have had to close while they wait for more CO2 to be delivered. The gas is used for regulating the chemical pH of pool water, making it essential to the clean running of a private or public pool. Signs that standards are falling in pool management are highlighted by figures in Scotland in 2017/8, where several public facilities consistently failed inspections. This included spas, leisure centres, gyms and private golf clubs. Various reasons for the neglect that were cited at the time included improper staff training and equipment failures. While changes in personnel and the passing of time are bound to put a strain on water hygiene management, investing in the latest equipment allows more public and private facilities to pass inspections, operate safely and stay open for business more of the time. We provide an ideal training course in the management and operation of swimming and hydrotherapy pools, which is also fully accredited by City & Guilds. This is a five-star-rated course on Feefo and designed specifically for facilities managers, supervisors and engineers. We can facilitate the training from purpose-built centres in York or Slough, or prepare an event to be carried out onsite. Our course covers everything from risk assessment, pool treatment & monitoring, to pool maintenance and the relevant statutory documentation, making it the perfect solution for comprehensive pool management training. Each element of this one-day course is tailored to be fit for purpose and for compliance by our team of highly-experienced training consultants. Get in touch with us today on 0333 121 1215 or visit our view our course overview here.