Swimming is an important activity for many disabled people, at competition level or purely for recreation. Swimming provides independence and freedom for the physically impaired person who can move independently in water, outside the confines of a wheelchair and without a walking aid or prosthesis.
Hoists are one way of helping wheelchair users to get into the pool. As a Commercial Pool Operator, you should carefully consider the location of the hoists to ensure they are of maximum benefit and do not represent an obstruction to the free movement of pool users and staff.
Under UK law, Commercial Pools must make sure:
staff are fully trained and competent in the use of the equipment;
the capabilities of the individual are taken into consideration;
the equipment is inspected and, if necessary, tested periodically by a competent person to ensure that the hoist can continue to safely lift loads up to its marked safe working load.
At Specialist Pools Services we can ensure that hoists or similar devices are maintained and fit for purpose and staff are properly trained in their use, ensuring safe access for disabled people and your compliance with UK Law and best practice.
We can advise you on all aspects of the requirements and obligations as a Commercial Pool operator to comply with your duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act, as described in the HSE’s Guidance note 174 4th Edition (2018)- Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools.
Call us today on 07500 112041, or via our contact form to discuss how Specialist Pools Services could help you.
Do you need planning permission to build a swimming pool?
The addition of a swimming pool makes an attractive and eye-catching centrepiece to a home. Domestic pools can be built inground or above the ground, indoor or outdoor and by different construction methods, such as vinyl liner, concrete tiled or a one-piece fibreglass shell.
If you are planning on adding an indoor pool to your home inside a new building, known as a pool hall, first check if planning permission for the building will be required. A pool hall, regarded as an outbuilding, to your property is usually considered to be permitted development and does not require an application for planning permission, subject to certain limits and conditions.
Planning permission is not usually required if you want to build an outdoor pool in your garden. This is because swimming pools and pool houses (regarded as an outbuilding) are included in the permitted development rights. So planning permission is not needed subject to certain limits and conditions.
However, if your home or surrounding area is classified as a listed building, a conservation area, green belt land, a national park or any other designated land, you may have to apply for planning permission.
The planning rules and building regulations on indoor swimming pools also apply to hot tubs housing and sauna cabins. Building regulations will need to be adhered to with regards to ventilation. It is always best to check with your local planning authority to see whether or not you need to make planning application if you want to build a swimming pool, a hot tub or sauna cabin in your garden.
At Specialist Pools Services we have over 15 years of experience in this area and have always had good relations with planning departments (and in 15 years a 100% success rate to date), so please talk to us on 07500 112041 if you need to discuss further your specific situation.