Pool Safety Inspector Courses

By: Henry Roberts

Pool Safety Inspector courses have become necessary in Queensland since the introduction of revised legislation in 2010 with the aim of preventing drownings in Queensland swimming pools.

Pool Safety Inspector courses are approved for delivery in Queensland by the Pool Safety Council. A certified pool inspector course provides the skills and knowledge to apply to become a licensed swimming pool safety inspector.

To qualify as a swimming pool safety inspector, a candidate must undertake a certified pool inspector course. Swimming pool inspector courses cover numerous aspects of pool safety including laws for pool fencing and pool safety gates. Pool fence regulations and pool safety gates help keep children safe.

After completing a certified pool safety inspector course, a pool safety inspector must apply to the Pool Safety Council for a license, allowing him or her to conduct swimming pool safety inspections according to pool safety regulations. Provided the swimming pool, pool enclosure and safety gates comply with all aspects of pool safety laws and fencing regulations, a pool safety certificate will be issued.

In 2008, the Queensland Premier announced the most comprehensive review of Queensland's swimming pool safety laws in nearly 20 years, resulting in changes to the pool fencing regulations and pool fencing laws in Queensland.

In 2009, the Queensland Government announced the implementation of a swimming pool safety management strategy addressing swimming pool safety, to be introduced in two stages commencing November 2009.

From December 2010, all regulated swimming pools on regulated land in Queensland are required at the point of sale or lease to have a pool safety inspection conducted by a licensed pool safety inspector for the issuing of a pool safety certificate, confirming that the swimming pool complies with the new Queensland pool safety laws. The new pool safety laws for compliant pool fencing are located in the Building Act 1975 and pool fence regulations.

The pool safety register is a complete inventory of all swimming pools in Queensland and is a compilation derived from local councils and pool owners. The pool owner is responsible for registering their regulated swimming pool by November 2011. All regulated swimming pools must be compliant with pool safety laws by 2015.

Swimming pool safety inspectors, once licensed, can conduct pool safety inspections on individual residential pools and shared pools. ‘Shared pools’ refers to swimming pools in hotel and high-rise accommodation, and apartment complexes. Shared pools appear on the pool safety register and must comply with all pool fencing regulations.

In the case of a shared pool, it is the responsibility of the Body Corporate, being the pool owner, to ensure that the swimming pool is registered on the Pool Safety Register, and that a licensed pool safety inspector conducts an inspection and issues a pool safety certificate upon compliance with pool safety regulations.

The Body Corporate must be able to provide a pool safety certificate when an individual apartment owner wishes to sell or lease his or her property.

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