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Exemptions to Pool Safety Standards

Owning a pool is a great luxury but also a great responsibility. Pool owners must be informed of all pool safety standards of the particular region. Complete building and pest inspections in Brisbane are important and must be carried out regularly to make sure all rules and laws are being adequately followed. Pool safety laws are revised in certain regions, such as Queensland, where there is a high rate of accidents and drowning incidents. There are also certain exemptions to the pool safety standards that the pool owners need to know in case there is a need for their implementation.

The exemptions to pool safety are provided for those people who have a disability. In this case the general pool fencing standards will not prevail. For example, it is required by law that the pool gate should open away from the pool but, in case of disability the person may apply for an exemption to allow a gate that opens towards the pool. For the prevention of younger unsupervised children gaining access to the pool area, the authorities may impose certain other conditions they consider appropriate. This factor will be carefully inspected by the pool inspectors before acceptance of the application.

To lodge the application for exemption from pool fencing standards, the following information needs to be provided:

  • A form explaining disability of the pool owner and extent of the disability
  • Medical evidence supporting the disability
  • Whether the person has a full-time carer
  • Whether the person uses the wheelchair, and if so, can that be moved unaided
  • Explanation of the pool fencing standards that prevents the person from entering or exiting the pool area
  • Explanation of the alternate measure that can be taken for the younger children gaining access to the pool area
  • In the event that the disabled person no longer occupies the premises, or ceases to have the disability, the regular pool safety standards have to be reinstated.

Another form of exemption is the impracticality exemption. This can be obtained when the building or part of the building is being demolished or renovated. It can also be obtained when changing the location or size of the pool. For the impracticality exemption, the description of the part of pool safety standard that needs to be excluded and an alternate safety measure is to be provided as part of the application.

Pool inspections in Brisbane are made by the authorities to make swimming pools a safer area for the younger children. Any exemptions to the pool safety standards are carefully inspected before approving the applications so that the chances of accidents can be reduced.