Safety Audit

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A pool safety audit is designed to uncover any safety problems with a public, community or residential pool. It can be performed by an outside source or by the on-site pool manager.

In some jurisdictions, local officials may conduct these inspections. Ideally this audit is done randomly, with no notice.

The typical safety audit has several components. First, it addresses the staff, looking into training records and certifications. Lifeguards may be asked to demonstrate emergency response techniques or be quizzed in the steps that should be taken in a given emergency. In addition, staff management will be assessed, to be sure that employees are well informed of their responsibilities, are given the requisite breaks and are aware of all pool guidelines. Finally, the pool’s reporting system is carefully considered, with particular attention given to incident reports and logs.

Next up is pool maintenance. The grounds are inspected for problems with surfaces (cracked tiles and cement or slick decks and bathroom floors), equipment (broken chairs or filtering parts), fencing and gates (short barriers or gates that do not close automatically) and even the landscaping (tripping hazards or pooling water thanks to poor drainage). All rescue equipment must be in good repair and in the proper locations. Then, the chemical balance of the water is tested. The pool water should be sanitized and filtered properly, as well have the correct pH, alkalinity and chlorine balance.

Additional checks may include signage, both in and out of the pool, as well as properly detailed and posted safety action plans. If the pool offers food services, a separate audit may be conducted to be sure that food preparation is meeting safety standards.