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Poolwerx study shows Australians unsure on commercial pool hygiene

Poolwerx study shows Australians unsure on commercial pool hygiene
December 13, 2014

Commercial pool operators have a long way to go in ensuring people believe their facilities are clean, according to new research by Poolwerx.

The research asked people to rank their perception of different types of commercial pool hygiene between 1 and 5 (with 1 being most hygienic and 5 being most unhygienic) revealed most people thought council pools were dirtier than any other type of pool.

More than a third (34.19%) of respondents indicated public /community pools were the dirtiest type of commercial pool, followed by strata/shared complex pools (25%) and gym pools (17.74%). One in 10 (10.65%) of respondents also said hotel pools were the most unhygienic pool.

Poolwerx Chief Executive John O’Brien said it was paramount commercial pool operators implemented standard operating procedures to negate all issues relating to pool health to make it clearer to the public the measures they were taking.

O’Brien stated “our latest study shows commercial pools are under strict scrutiny not only by governing authorities but also pool users, which means it’s absolutely paramount a water management plan is developed detailing regular and preventative water treatment and ongoing maintenance.

“This plan should be customised for the frequency of use and bather load, to maintain pool hygiene and reduce the risk of outbreak of infectious diseases. In some cases public pools are required to operate an automated or continuous disinfectant dosing, but many simply don’t realise this is a requirement.

“Regular maintenance is also important to ensure equipment is working during opening hours to prevent pool closures, which could mean a loss of revenue or reputational damage, particularly in the case of hotel or community pool operators.”

O’Brien said it was also critical commercial pool operators met pool safety standards, adding “all states and territories have different pool safety requirements and often pool operators don’t know the rules that apply to them.

“CPR charts, depth markers and advisory signs are all important safety tools for commercial pools that are often not compliant with regulated standards.

“Those who fail to maintain good health and safety standards will eventually face the consequences, so it’s better to be on the front foot with a treatment and maintenance plan. If unsure, commercial pool operators should consult a pool maintenance expert.”

For more information on Poolwerx go to www.poolwerx.com.au

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