The operation of an aquatic facility is a highly involved process. An operator is responsible not only the health and safety of his or her employees, but also the public. This involves ensuring safe work processes are undertaken across all facets of the facility. In Australia there are currently numerous documents in place to regulate and guide swimming pool operations. The RLSSA Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPO) brings the requirements of these documents together to form a single, easy-to-read and interpret document that assists facility operators to fulfil their responsibilities.
Although the GSPO is published by Royal Life Saving, it represents the collective opinion of the aquatics industry across Australia through its development process. Operators of aquatic facilities are charged with a responsibility for public and occupational health and safety and they must work within a diverse web of standards, State legislation and industry best practice.
As the aquatics industry is largely unregulated the GSPO is a prime point of reference for the legal community when issues go to court, particularly in relation to the provision of supervision by lifeguards.
The RLSSA Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation clearly set out the requirements for a safe aquatic facility and are a must for Managers of aquatic facilities. The GSPO also contains invaluable information for Local Government, Facility Owners, Architects, Engineers, Duty Managers and Pool Lifeguards.