Pool Safety

(QLD) Partial inspection of a swimming pool barrier

There have been instances where pool safety inspectors have been asked to leave a property part way through an inspection. If this occurs and the pool safety inspector has already identified nonconformities, a nonconformity notice should still be issued to the pool owner.

(QLD) Giving pool safety certificates to owners

Section 246AA of the Building Act 1975 requires that, if a pool safety inspector inspects a regulated pool and is reasonably satisfied the pool is compliant, they must, within two business days after the inspection, give the owner a pool safety certificate.

(QLD) Relying of photos and videos to issue pool safety certificates

In order to issue a pool safety certificate, a pool safety inspector must have inspected the pool and be reasonably satisfied that it complies with the pool safety standard. The Pool Safety Council is aware of instances where pool safety inspectors have failed to re-inspect a property prior to issuing a pool safety certificate because they have relied on photographs or video footage as evidence of compliance.

(QLD) What is required after November 2015?

By 30 November 2015, all regulated swimming pools in Queensland will be required to have barriers that comply with the pool safety standard. This does not mean that all properties require a pool safety certificate by this date. Put simply, if a local government inspects a regulated swimming pool today (where no sale or lease has occurred), it will assess the barriers on the standard that was in effect at the time of construction.

(QLD) When is a pool safety certificate required?

Recently, the Pool Safety Council received complaints about pool safety inspectors incorrectly informing pool owners that they need to obtain a pool safety certificate by 30 November 2015, even if they do not sell or lease the property.

(QLD) CPR Signs

The Pool Safety Council (PSC) has received a number of telephone enquiries about current Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) CPR signs. In December 2010, the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) amended its CPR guideline to reverse the order of giving breaths and compressions during CPR.