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Module 1 - The Impact of Legislation


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Module 1 - The Impact of Legislation

  1. 1. Physical Activity and Leisure Management Ltd POOL PLANT OPERATIONS INFORMATION UPDATE SEMINAR (on-line option)
  2. 2. Physical Activity and Leisure Management Ltd MODULE 1: The IMPACT of LEGISLATION
  3. 3. This module highlights the recent legislation, both from Europe and the UK, which affects the responsibilities that we all have when we provide a swimming pool for others to enjoy. Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013 In this Module we will be focusing on:
  4. 4. Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013 • Management Responsibilities • Health Protection Regulations 2010 • What health Authorities require • What about Cryptosporidium? • Circumstances for Pool Closure • Recording and Reporting
  5. 5. MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES  The lifeguard (carries out a water test)  The supervisor (takes any corrective action)  The manager (ultimately responsible , especially for ensuring that the above is done properly) Who needs to know about pool plant operations? The staffing structure needs to acknowledge a ‘cascade’ of operational responsibilities? Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  6. 6. THE HEALTH PROTECTION (LOCAL AUTHORITY POWERS) REGULATIONS 2010 • Cryptosporidiosis, (the symptom caused by the cryptosporidium organism), is now a reportable disease. • A medical professional MUST report this to her/his health authorities, if the symptoms are presented. • The health authorities then have the options of some wide ranging actions that they can take. Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  7. 7. THE HEALTH AUTHORITIES CAN REQUIRE THE POOL TO:-  Put in place a system or process to prevent swimmers who have presented with suspected cryptosporidiosis from using pools until at least 14 days after the last symptoms.  Undertake any necessary remedial works.  Closure of the pool(s). Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  8. 8. HOW WILL THE POOL OPERATOR KNOW IF CRYPTOSPORIDIUM IS IN THE WATER?  There is a high risk of Cryptosporidium being released in diarrhoeal contamination, but it is NOT 100% certain.  The safest option is to ASSUME that it is, and take the prescribed Emergency Action. But what is likely to happen, in reality? • Tummy upsets will stay out of the pool for 2 days. • If a child has had to go to a Doctor, then 2 weeks? Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  9. 9. SOME OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT COULD LEAD TO THE CLOSURE OF A POOL, COULD INCLUDE:-  Evidence that cases may still be occurring.  A written procedure for dealing with faecal contamination, that is understood by all appropriate staff.  Absence of ‘as-built’ schematics being readily available, as these could identify any ‘dead-legs’, that could present an imminent risk to bathers.  Absence of adequate pool operations and maintenance policies and procedures.  Evidence of poor operational practices. Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  10. 10. What’s the link between these pictures and your Emergency Action Plan? Cryptosporidium Oocysts are carried in the lining of the gut, and can be released as diarrhoea. 10 Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  11. 11. “RECORD & REPORT”  Water test records can be used in insurance claims, civil and criminal court cases.  The frequency and type of tests to be taken, have come from a Risk Assessment (to ensure pool water is fit for use)  What are the implications of a test that is NOT taken or recorded, then? Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013
  12. 12. Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013 That is the end of Module 1 What you need to do now: 1. Return to the course page 2. Download the module update notes and save them on your computer 3. Read through the notes 4. Print out the notes and insert them in your manual
  13. 13. Carlton Associates Ltd (c) 2013 End of Module 1 Presentation