Understanding the Changes to Queensland's Pool Fencing Laws

by Pool Builders on 12-07-2009 in Articles

Failing to keep up to date on changes in pool safety laws is a surefire way to encounter major problems. With pool fencing laws changing in Queensland on 1 December 2009, it is vital to stay abreast of what is required.

Understanding Existing Pools Brisbane Fencing Laws

Before looking at the upcoming changes to pool fencing laws in Queensland, it's smart to have a refresher on what the existing laws are. According to existing laws, swimming pools Brisbane must meet the following criteria:

=> CPR Signs - Beginning on 1 October 2003, pool owners must have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation sign prominently displayed somewhere near their swimming pool.

=> Construction Signs - Pools that are currently under construction must have a warning sign posted nearby to avoid mishaps and accidents.

=> Compliant Fence - All swimming pools must have a compliant fence in place and maintained at all times.

=> Exceptions - The only case in which exceptions to these laws can be made is when the occupant of a building has a disability that prevents them from accessing the pool.

What The New Laws Mean

Now that you have a clearer idea about the basic, existing laws for pools, let's take a look at what the new pool fencing laws mean. Make sure that you thoroughly understand these laws to not only avoid falling afoul of the law, but to ensure that safety is maintained at all times.

=> Compliance With Current Standards - Pool fencing must already meet and comply with current and existing standards.

=> Temporary Fences - For up to three months, compliant temporary fences are permitted. Both the temporary and permanent pool fences must be looked at and signed off by the building certifier that approved the initial application.

=> CPR Signs - Pool owners in Queensland must not only display a CPR sign, but it must be one that is based on the current CPR method approved by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

=> Final Inspection - Final inspections must be done. In the event a final inspection cannot be completed, then a follow-up inspection must be conducted by the building certifiers after buildings approval for a swimming pool. For new pools, the approved time frame will be six months; for new buildings with swimming pools, the time frame will be two years. Final inspections absolutely must be made before those time frame lapse - there are no exceptions to this rule.

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