Aquatic Safety Review, Part 2

What follows is the second part of a three-part guide to the important checkpoints in an aquatics facility, whether indoors or outdoors, to help ensure safety.

Part 1, which ran in the February issue, focused on structures and the pool environment; Part 2 focuses on electrical and mechanical engineering; and Part 3 will focus on pool equipment and policy development.

Compare these points to your own safety checklist and use this as an opportunity to review and update your list as appropriate. And, since safety and risk management planning/implementation is always a work in process, let us know if you’ve thought of something we should add to our list!

What follows is a checklist. More information from this checklist can be found at www.camp-business.com. Click on Camp Business magazine on the left side of the homepage, then scroll down on that page to Articles, Forms & Reports and click there.

Electrical & Mechanical Checklist

1. The mechanical and electrical aspects of an aquatic facility are integral to both the operation of the facility and the safety of facility users and staff.

To ensure against situations where these systems fail; the facility staff must be familiar with the characteristics of the equipment and know how to properly utilize, inspect and maintain the equipment.

2. HVAC-R Equipment: Establish a regular (daily/weekly) inspection and maintenance schedule for all HVAC-R equipment, to be completed by knowledgeable staff. Regular inspections should include:

• Inspection of all belts, and other moving parts; lubricating as needed, etc.

• Record all inspections and/or maintenance of/to the equipment.

• Check for unusual sounds, leaks, etc., when HVAC-R equipment is operating that might indicate a problem, and request a professional inspection.

3. Establish an annual inspection for all HVAC-R equipment to be completed by an appropriate engineering professional.

• Conduct a thorough inspection of all equipment with special attention to motors, pumps, air handling and other critical equipment.

• Apply all appropriate tests, such as efficiency tests on vacuum pumps, rpm tests on condenser fan motors, check for refrigerant leaks, measure air velocity in air ducts, test the manifold pressure of any given gas appliance, etc.

• The licensed HVAC-R professional should utilize safe practices when managing inspection, maintenance and repairs. Further, the professional should properly handle and dispose of all waste products.

• Conduct air quality tests and fully mitigate any issues with regard to sick building syndrome.

4. Manage the aquatic facility in a manner that ensures the proper air/water temperatures, humidity and air quality (as much as possible). These values should all be recorded.

• Staff should regularly test and record the air and water temperatures.

• Staff should regularly test and record humidity.

• Temperatures for air and water and humidity readings should be made available to users. Outdoor pools may also wish to include information regarding weather, outdoor air quality, such as air pollution, UV levels, etc.

5. Manage the pool quality in a manner that ensures proper compliance with local/state health codes.

• Staff should regularly test and record water disinfectant levels.

• Staff should regularly check and record water turbidity.

• Proper water quality should be maintained whenever the aquatic facility is open (see also pool re-circulation equipment).

6. Pool Recirculation, Water Filtration and Disinfection: All pool recirculation equipment should be regularly checked to ensure that the pool water is being effectively filtered and disinfected. Regular inspection should include:

• Pool gutters should be free of all debris and other materials or objects that might impede water flow to gutter drains.

• Pool drains should be free of all debris and other materials or objects that might impede water flow into the pumps or filters.

• Pool skimmer (not in all pools) should be emptied on a regular basis to better enable the skimmer to do its job of collecting debris, etc., prior to entering the filters.

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  1. Aquatic Safety Review, Part 1
  2. Aquatic Safety Review, Part 3
  3. Safety and Risk Management Checklist
  4. Camp Aquatic Safety
  5. Maintaining Safety
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