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All swimming/spa pools where the public are admitted as either a primary or additional service are required to be maintained in accordance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations. The managers of such facilities have a resonsibility to maintain the pools and their environment in such a manner to prevent disease transmission. Managers must also comply with other state legislation relating to public safety the storage of dangerous goods and occupational health and safety standards.

Pool Operators Handbook
The Pool Operators Handbook provides a comprehensive guide on maintaining a swimming/spa pool with respect to Infrastructure, health and hygiene, water treatment, monitoring systems, physical management of water and general maintenance.

It is recommended that anyone operating a commercial swimming pool for the first time undertake an appropriate pool operators training course.

 
Cryptosporidium associated with swimming pools
Cryptosporidium (Crypto) is a parasitic disease that normally causes gastroenterisitis, with symptoms including watery diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and fever. It can be spread by swallowing water (either from swimming or drinking) or food contaminated by human faeces, usually from tiny amounts that cannot be seen. It can also be spread from person to person.

Swimming pools - infection control - Better Health Channel

Swimming pools can be contaminated with Cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes gastroenteritis in humans. Cryptosporidium is highly contagious and can be passed from infected humans, cattle or other domestic animals. Outbreaks have been associated with swimming pools where infected swimmers contaminate the pool with the parasite from their faeces. With adequate hygiene and healthy swimming behaviour, pool contamination can be prevented.

Patrons of swimming/spa pools are susceptible to becoming infected if exposed. To prevent contamination of swimming pool, patrons must follow the Healthy Swimming advice which warns against swimming if they have had diarrhoea in the last 2 weeks. This poster should be displayed at all aquatic facilities.

Pool managers must ensure that staff are up to date with the Faecal Accident Policy at the facility and ensure that the pool treatment system is working effectively on a routine basis..

Please read Cryptosporidium associated with swimming pools for more information.
 

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