Pool Safe Compliance Victoria
Swimming pools are the centrepiece of fun during the summer months, with adults, children, family, and friends enjoying plenty of splash time during the warmer months. Unfortunately, during these fun times there is also a heightened risk of accidents involving children. “According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in the world, with 372,000 drowning deaths reported annually.” As a pool owner you are required to make you pool compliant.
On 1 December 2019, the Victorian state government brought in new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety. Owners are now required to register their pool or spa with the relevant council by the 1st of November 2020. 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. If a safety barrier is not compliant, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure compliance. These rules are in place to ensure that your pool is safe for every to use, especially children.
Basic standards to help ensure your pool is well on its way to being pool safe compliant.
- All doors and gates have a self-locking or self-latching device with an opening mechanism located at least 1500 mm above the ground or internal floor.
- All doors and gates have a self-closing device that returns the door or gate to the closed position without using manual force
- Pool gates must open outwards.
- The area around the outside of the fencing clear of climbable objects (e.g. furniture, toys, pot plants, BBQs).
- The fencing contracted of perforated material or mesh must not have holes greater than 13 mm
- Adjacent vertical elements such as rods, palings, wires or bracing no further apart than 100 mm
- Openings between the bottom of the fencing and the finished ground level must be 100 mm or less
- Ensure the strength and rigidity of the barrier is sufficient to resist the forces applied that could reasonably be expected during normal usage.
Correct construction of your pool safety barriers.
Correct construction of your pool safety barriers is the right way to ensure that children are protected from the dangers related to swimming pools.
Taking this into account, you can also ensure that you are not up for costly fines if your pool is found to be noncompliant. A compliance inspection will provide you with the compliance certificate required for by law to ensure that all the applicable compliance standards are adhered to. In addition, this also confirms that your pool has been inspected by a fully licenced and insured inspector and that your pool meets the applicable Australian standard.
In conclusion, it is important that the pool owner makes sure that they follow the Australian standards and pool compliance regulations. If you are unsure about any elements of the process it is important that you receive the correct advice. The wrong information can end up being a costly exercise.
A non-compliant pool not only can place lives at risk, it can also expose you to penalties that are enforced by local councils.