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					    Activity Department SOP 2012



                             Pool Session Risk Assessment

Activity       Pool Session Activity Session


What are the hazards?                  .1 Slippery Surfaces
                                       .2 Uneven Surfaces
                                       .3 Running, leading to slipping
                                       .4 Hitting the bottom of the pool on diving
                                       .5 Drowning / Secondary Drowning
                                       .6 Adverse weather conditions
                                       .7 Unauthorised Use
                                       .8 Structural Failure
                                       .9 Chemical related hazards – i.e. spillage, gases
                                       .10 Infection
                                       .11 Lifting Heavy Objects – people and chemicals
Who is at risk?                        Instructors, participants and members of the public.

   What are the risks?                            Existing safety measures/controls

Cuts, Bruises, Broken            Soft matting around pool edge.
Limbs from Slips, trips          Instructor briefing including ‘no running’.
and falls                        Lifeguard in charge of session stops ‘horseplay’.
                                 Removal of unnecessary equipment.
Diving injuries including        Diving only allowed form the back wall where the water is 1.9 meters
head injuries, bruising,           deep.
spinal injuries and broken       Instructor briefing prior to swim session.
bones                            No acrobatics and group told to be aware of the water they are
                                   diving in to.
                                 Jumping in allowed from side walls but only between 1.5 meter and
                                   1.9 meter depth.
                                 Warning signs around pool.
                                 Depth signs around pool marking safe areas for jumping and diving.
                                 Lifeguards carry out visual checks and maintain vigilance throughout
                                   including regular head counts.
Suffocation, Drowning            Briefing by lifeguard who remains vigilant throughout the session.
and Secondary drowning           Regular (2 minutes) head counts during the session.
                                 The Lifeguard walks the boundary of the pool.
                                 Horseplay is stopped by Lifeguard.
                                 Lifeguard is trained in First Aid and also in rescue techniques.
                                 All groups told that the pool is out of bounds when not booked on
                                   arrival.
                                 Warning signs around pool.
                                 Security net on the pool overnight and solar cover when not in use.
                                 Vigilance from office and general staff.
                                 Swimming prohibited without a lifeguard.
                                 Gates on entrances and warning signs placed around
Structural Failure               All lifeguards aware of the Emergency Action Plan.
resulting in debris,             Swimming pool hoist checked to LOLER standards and training is
    Activity Department SOP 2012


entrapment and head             provided for lifeguards in its proper use.
and body injuries of          Lifeguards carry out visual inspections as well as regular weekly
varying severity.               checks.
Chemical Spillage             All instructors trained in chemical storage and handling.
resulting in burns or         Chemical handling restricted to trained staff.
inhalation. Cross             Two staff trained in ISRM’s pool plant operator’s certificate.
contamination of              All spillages hosed down.
chemicals resulting in        All chemicals kept locked away from the swimming pool.
toxic fumes                   The chemicals bins are well ventilated and have separate storage
                                areas.
                              The chemical bins are surrounded by a bund to prevent spillage and
                                contamination.
                              In the event of cross contamination of chemicals resulting in toxic
                                fumes the EAP highlighted in the “swimming pool information and
                                operation” file must be followed.
Infections including          Swimming pool water regularly checked.
rashes, irritated skin and    Filter sand changed as recommended by external experts.
communicable disease          NFDC spot checks
Hypothermia                   We strive to maintain the temperature of the swimming pool above
                                28°C.
                              Warm shower facilities available.
                              Lifeguards in attendance and vigilant.
                              Contact with house or duty manager via radio.
Back injuries due to          A hoist is provided for disabled guests.
lifting heavy objects or      Wheelbarrows are used when transporting heavy chemicals around.
people
Staff training                All training is run by qualified coaches.
                              Incidents are staged throughout lifeguard training to give lifeguards
                                practice with real life situations.
                              Any actors involved will ensure their actions do not place themselves
                                or any other member of staff in danger.
                              All scenarios controlled by coaches.
Human error – groups          Full co-operation from group leaders in group control and discipline.
not listening to briefings
and taking in vital
information
Human error- staff            Lifeguards on strict rotation – no lifeguard to be on duty for more
making mistakes leading         than 90 minutes at a time.
to injuries                   A minimum of 20 minutes away from the pool in every 90 minutes is
                                to be implemented.
                              Lifeguards provided with warm clothing.
                              Sunglasses and hats available to all lifeguards.
                              Sun cream to be used.
Groups with limited           Supervision by group leaders of an adequate level dependant on the
mental capacity not             group.
understanding safety          Group leaders to be in the water with the guests.
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