QLD POOL SAFETY CHECKLIST

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.In the Sunshine State, a pool is a highly desirable feature for the home. If you are looking to put in a pool in your backyard, ensuring your pool complies with pool safety laws should be your top priority as drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.


We dive deeper into your responsibilities as a pool owner and provide information on what you need to know.


WHAT IS A POOL?

 

A pool is defined as a man-made excavation or structure (above or below ground) typically holds water and is used for swimming, bathing or other leisure activities. Portable pools and spas which can hold more than 300mm of water are also subject to these regulations.


These exclude fish ponds, ornamental ponds, watercourse, spa bath in a bathroom which is not continually filled with water, birthing pools and portable wading pools (less than 300mm).


DO I NEED TO REGISTER MY POOL?

 

It is required by law in Queensland that all private pools and spas are registered on the Pool Safety Register.


Registering your pool is a quick process which provides a self-assessment of your pools’ compliance with regulations before seeking approval by a building certifier.


If you have recently built a pool on your property, ensure you registered as soon as construction is completed, or if you have purchased a property with an existing pool, you can also check if your pool has been registered.


DOES MY POOL COMPLY?

 

The pool safety standard includes more than just the pool itself. The pool fence/barrier, latches, climbable zones are also covered.


The checklist below goes through the current pool safety standard. However you should consult the full standard to ensure compliance:


Fences

  • Minimum height of 1200mm from finished ground level to top of the barrier
  • Maximum allowable gap of 100mm from unfinished ground level to the bottom of any barrier
  • One gap of at least 900mm between any horizontal rails on the outside, with gaps in vertical members not exceeding 100mm
  • If there is no gap between horizontal rails of at least 900mm, then the horizontal rails must be on the inside and the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 10mm
  • Fences less than 1800mm high must have climbable objects at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside and, where the verticals are more than 10mm apart, 300mm on the inside
  • Fences at least 1800mm high require a 900mm non-climbable zone on the inside of the fence (measured from the top of the inside)

Gates/Barriers

  • Pool gates self-close and self-latch from all positions, and do not open inwards to the pool area
  • Gate latches are 1500mm minimum in height from ground level and 1400mm from top part of lower horizontal railings.
  • Alternatively, the latch can be located facing the pool at a height of minimum 1200mm above ground level or at least 1000mm above the top part of the lower horizontal railings, 150mm below the top of the gate (or the edge of a hand hole opening). If necessary, a 450mm radius shield with no openings more than 10mm can be used as a cover.
  • Gate hinges thicker than 10mm must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge must have a non-climable (sixty degree) safety cap fixed to prevent climbing.

Door & windows

  • Direct access through a door from a house to the pool area is not permitted
  • Any windows which open to the pool area cannot exceed an opening of more than 100mm or require a security screen.

Signage

  • A compliant CPR sign must be easily visible to anyone near the pool – either attached to the fence or displayed nearby.

DO I NEED TO GET MY POOL APPROVED BY A BUILDING CERTIFIER?

 

Yes – you do! Every pool and pool fence require an approval from an accredited building certifier. They will assess your pool and barrier before water is used to fill the pool, and after the pool is filled and will lodge the relevant documents to Council for you.


Ready to certify your pool? Contact your friendly Fluid hub today!

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