Safety and Risk Management Checklist

Indoor and Outdoor Aquatic Facilities

Related Article: Aquatic Safety Review, Part 1

1. Establish a worksite commitment to safety and risk management.

• Administration contribution includes working collaboratively with employees on policy development, adequate resource allocation, and policy implementation.

• Employee contribution includes working collaboratively with administration on policy development, adherence to policies, and a shared responsibility (with Administration) for employee safety and health.

2. Beginning with the structural aspects of the aquatics facility, establish a plan for regular (daily, weekly, monthly, or annually) inspection of the ceilings, walls, floors, and the pool (tank).

3. Ceiling: Regular (staff) and annual (engineering professional) inspection for changes in the integrity of the ceiling:

• Cracks in materials that span the space(s), e.g., load bearing beams, etc.

• Discoloration of ceiling materials

• Moisture build-up on ceiling materials/surfaces

• Moisture build-up or damage to insulation or acoustical materials

• Suspended equipment, e.g. lights, sound equipment, etc.

4. Walls: Regular (staff) and annual (engineering professional) inspection for changes in the integrity of the walls:

• Cracks in walls

• Damaged expansion joints/seals

• Damaged seals around doors/windows

• Discoloration, flaking, or streaking on walls due to moisture/condensation

• Free of mold/mildew

• Free of moisture (condensation) build-up on windows

• Walls are clean and disinfected as needed

5. Floors/Deck: Regular (staff) and annual (engineering professional) inspection for changes in the integrity of the floor/deck:

• Cracks in floor/deck

• Damaged expansion joints/seals

• Presence of standing water

• Moisture (condensation) build-up on the floor/deck

• Sharp, rough, and/or damaged floor/deck materials

• Floors/decks are clean and disinfected as needed

• Floors/decks are free of loose pool equipment

• Floors/decks, non-slip surfaces are maintained

6. Pool (Tank):

• Cracks in the pool tank surfaces

• All pool (tank) edges are smooth and undamaged

• Damaged tiles, drain covers, inlets, or outlets

• Leaks in the pool tank

• Integrity of all ladders, stairs, ramps, lifts, etc.

• Integrity of gutter and gutter materials

The checklist for items above related to Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (lighting, sound, water filtration and recirculation, and sick building syndrome, etc.) will be included in Part II.

The checklist for items above related to lifeguarding (location with regard to pool design and visibility), pool equipment, and policy development will be included in Part III.

Related posts:

  1. Aquatic Safety Review, Part 1
  2. Aquatic Safety Review, Part 3
  3. Aquatic Safety Review, Part 2
  4. On Deck & Beyond
  5. Climbing & Traversing

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