Pool Safety Inspection

Pool Safety Inspections Tip #16: Non-Climbable Zone

October 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

Since the introduction of pool safety laws in 1991, there has been a requirement to provide a non-climbable zone around the pool barrier. The purpose of the non-climbable zone is to prevent children climbing the barrier or using climbable objects near the pool barrier to access the pool. The new pool safety standard requires a…

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Pool Safety Inspection Laws Are Saving Children’s Lives

September 3, 2012 / 0 Comments

The current pool safety laws commenced on 1 December 2010.  They are aimed at preventing children under five years of age from drowning in swimming pools. Since the introduction of these laws, three young children have lost their lives in swimming pools in a 19-month period. By comparison, 12 young children drowned in the 17…

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Pool Safety Inspection: Pool Inspection Nonconformity Notice

September 3, 2012 / 0 Comments

It has come to the attention of the Pool Safety Council that some Pool Safety Inspectors may be confused about when a Pool Safety Inspector is required to issue a nonconformity notice, particularly if the Pool Safety Inspector is licensed to perform minor repairs. Section 246AB of the BA states that if a Pool Safety Inspector is not…

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Pool Safety Inspection: Pool Inspectors conflict of interest

September 2, 2012 / 0 Comments

To date, the Pool Safety Council has examined a number of allegations about Pool Safety Inspectors with potential conflicts of interest. Many of these matters have resulted in disciplinary action for the Pool Safety Inspector for breaches of the BA and the code of conduct for Pool Safety Inspectors. Such action has included fines ranging from…

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Pool Safety Inspection: pool passes if reasonably satisfied

September 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

Under section 246AW(1) of the BA, a Pool Safety Inspector may only give a pool safety certificate for a regulated pool if they have inspected the pool and are reasonably satisfied that the pool is a complying pool. The Pool Safety Council is aware that some Pool Safety Inspectors may be interpreting the term ‘reasonably…

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Pool Safety Inspection: Our continuing professional development

August 31, 2012 / 0 Comments

Under section 246BN(3)(e) and 246BR(2)(c)(v) of the Building Act 1975 (BA) a pool safety inspector seeking to renew or restore their licence must provide evidence that they have undertaken, in the previous 12 month period, the continuing professional development (CPD) prescribed under a regulation. In consultation with pool safety inspectors, building certifiers, industry representatives and others, the Department of Housing…

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Pool Safety Inspection: Pool Safety Council auditing program

August 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

The Pool Safety Council has developed a statewide auditing program to help ensure Pool Safety Inspectors maintain a high standard of ethical and professional conduct in performing pool safety inspection functions. Audits will be conducted on a regional basis. All licensed Pool Safety Inspectors in a region will be expected to participate in the auditing…

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Pool Safety Inspections: Real estate agent’s conflict of interest

August 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

The Pool Safety Council has received complaints about the practice of some property managers (real estate agents) who are also licensed Pool Safety Inspectors conducting pool safety inspections for properties which they manage or that are managed by their employing agency. Pool Safety Inspectors are bound by the code of conduct which outlines a number…

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Pool safety inspector’s conduct toward fellow pool safety inspectors

August 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

The Pool Safety Council is aware of instances where Pool Safety Inspectors have made public statements about the practices or behaviours of other Pool Safety Inspectors that may be considered disparaging or inappropriate. Pool Safety Inspectors are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism and abide by moral and ethical standards when undertaking pool…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #22: Can a pool fence be made of corrugated iron?

August 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

A pool barrier may be constructed from corrugated metal, however, there are rules about when corrugated metal can be placed  horizontally. As stated in Appendix D of AS 1926.1:2007, any pool barrier less than 1800 millimetres in height must not have  corrugated metal placed horizontally. If a pool barrier is greater than 1800 millimetres in…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #21: Latching devices

August 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

The Pool Safety Council has received enquiries from Pool Safety Inspectors and members of the public about acceptable solutions for gate latches. Gates must be fitted with a latching device that will automatically operate on the closing of the gate and will prevent the gate from being re-opened without being manually released. The latching device…

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Pool Safety Inspectors required to notify local government of nonconformity

August 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

The Pool Safety Council has received enquiries from PSIs about the requirements for providing a nonconformity notice to local government. Under  the Building Act 1975 (BA) section 246AC(4), a Pool Safety Inspector is only required to provide a copy of a pool safety inspection nonconformity notice to local government if the pool owner fails to…

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Pool Safety Inspection Investigations of Pool Inspectors May 2012

August 16, 2012 / 0 Comments

Since the last Pool Safety Council (PSC) newsletter in December 2011, the PSC has finalised 20 complaints about pool safety inspectors (PSIs). The Pool Safety Council decided to: not take further action in four cases impose monetary fines in 10 cases including one in which the Pool Safety Inspector was required to refund the inspection fee…

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Pool Safety Inspection News: Man Charged with Manslaughter

August 14, 2012 / 0 Comments

Man Charged with Manslaughter after a child drowns in his pool. A New South Wales (NSW) pool owner was recently charged with manslaughter ater a young child who was visiting a neighbouring  property drowned in his backyard swimming pool. The police allege that the man negligently caused the death of the two-and-a-half  year old boy…

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Pool Safety Council investigations of pool safety inspectors July 2012

August 14, 2012 / 0 Comments

Pool safety inspections – recent investigations by the pool safety council Since the last Newsplash in May 2012, the Pool Safety Council has inalised 28 complaints about pool safety inspectors (PSIs). The Pool Safety Council decided to: take no further action in nine cases impose monetary fines in ten cases refer two investigations to the…

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Pool Safety Inspections: changes to pool fence laws for building approvals

August 14, 2012 / 0 Comments

Pool Safety Inspections – Changes to Pool Fencing Laws The law applying to building work for fences for existing pools associated with houses and townhouses changed on 27 July 2012. This is a red-tape reduction measure designed to assist pool owners who wish to replace their pool barrier or upgrade it to comply with the pool safety…

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Pool Safety Register: How to Register your Pool

July 18, 2012 / 0 Comments

Follow these step by step instructions of how to register your pool for free on the Qld Government’s Pool Safety Register. How to register your pool or spa? Step 1: Click on the link Register my Pool Step 2: Enter your property’s details into the fields provided. Step 3: Click ‘search’. Step 4: If ‘A pool is currently registered…

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Pool Safety Inspections Video 20 – Important Points

July 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

This video has some important pool safety points that you should always try to remember.

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Pool Safety Inspections Video 19 – Other Safety Issues

July 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

This video contains information regarding other pool safety issues.

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Pool Safety Inspections Video 18 – Spa Pools

July 17, 2012 / 0 Comments

This video explains the pool safety requirements of spa pools.

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