Do Pool Safety Laws Work?

by Pool Builders on 03-26-2011 in Articles

Since 1991 the number of pools in Queensland has more than doubled and with new building projects being started across the state this figure is sure to climb. Children drownings have been halved since swimming pool safety laws were introduced into Queensland over 19 years ago.

Major Development in Pool Safety Laws

In Queensland from 1 December 2010, safety certificates are needed when selling or renting a property that has a pool. Pool inspectors can only issue a certificate when they have placed the certificate details onto the pool safety register. This register includes a list of pools in Queensland of which pool owners, real estate agents and legal outlets will be able to search the register.

Queensland Pool owners are obliged to register their pools by 4 May 2011.

The legislation does not cover or outline the cost that inspectors can charge consumers. This is established by the individual vendors and property owners are encouraged to contact numerous providers and look for the best deal and a provider they are comfortable and confident with. You can also contact your local government representative as they are also required to provide this service to their area. Their cost may be higher or lower for this service.

The Pool inspectors' main role and function is to inspect pools to establish whether or not they comply with the safety standards. At the inspection, the inspector will issue a certificate or nonconformity document, depending on the result of the inspection. The nonconformity document must clearly outline how the pool does not conform and the steps needed to take to rectify the situation and have it comply. Most inspectors will also provide a service whereby they can undertake the necessary minor repairs required to have the safety certificate issued. Minor repairs could be removing any objects that could be used to climb over into the pool area and also any adjustments that may be needed to the gates.

Communication between the pool owner and inspector is important and if there is any confusion about the safety inspection they should seek more detailed clarification from the safety inspector from the outset. Pool owners have other resources to engage if they are not happy with say the nonconformity document. They may contact the Pool Safety Council for guidance and may also appeal the nonconformity document with the Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee. Safety is the main issue and preventing drownings is the aim.

Finally, Pool safety certificates can only be obtained from a licensed pool safety inspector. Certificates are valid for one year for a shared pool and two years for a non-shared one.

Pools are a great addition to any home and can provide hours of enjoyment and family time together, but they must be safe and comply with the relevant laws in your state.

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