Checking your own pool safety compliance.
You can check your own pool safety compliance at any time before engaging an inspector to inspect your pool or spa. The information that you need to know prior to inspection, is that on 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria.
It is now mandatory for owners of the land where a swimming pool or spa is located to have their safety barriers inspected and to lodge a certificate of barrier compliance with their council. Owners are also required to register their pool or spa with the relevant council.
If a pool safety barrier is not compliant, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure compliance.
Victorian pool owners must adhere to the new laws and safety standards that have come into effect. These regulations have been updated to ensure all pool and spa owners in Victoria are compliant. Once you have received your compliance certificate, this means your pool meets all the legal requirements.
A pool safety inspector can assist in ensuring that your pool is compliant and that a certificate is issued to reflect this.
To assist the pool owners, we have provided a self-assessment checklist that you can download here.
This checklist will help you identify areas that are non-compliant and reduce the amount of remediation work that may be required for compliance certification.
Once you have completed the checklist we can help guide you through the rest of the process to ensure that any and/or all remediation works are completed and that you have all the information and support that is required to ensure your pool is compliant and you have the right documentation for certification.
Pool Safety Compliance Self Inspection.
There are three different standards depending on the date of installation of your pool so please make sure you have the correct checklist for you pool safety compliance.
Then use your self-assessment checklist to help understand your pool safety compliance position and obligations.
Some questions you will need to answer for a pool inspection.
- Do all doors and gates have a self-closing device that returns the door or gate to the closed position without using manual force?
- Do all pool gates open outwards?
- Are all openings between the bottom of the fencing and the finished ground level 100 mm or less?
- Is the area around the outside of the fencing clear of climbable objects (e.g. furniture, toys, pot plants, BBQs)?
- Is the strength and rigidity of the barrier sufficient to resist the forces applied that could reasonably be expected during normal usage?
Once you have completed your checklist, we advise that you request an inspection and we can arrange one of our pool safety compliance inspectors to assist you in obtaining your certificate of compliance.