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and Regulation re pool safety in the EU
Hotel/condominium pools Link
Portuguese legislation for private/rental/hotel/condo pools is not yet in force.
standard is split into two parts:
Both parts will have a major impact for the future of both swimming pool facility design and management. All areas of Swimming Pools will be affected from the widths of deck surrounds and drainage through to signage, drowning prevention systems and video surveillance.
EN15288 is the most significant publication since the Health and Safety Executive published “Safety in Swimming Pools” in 1988 later renamed “Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools” referred to as HSG179.
Standard is applicable to new and refurbished swimming pools and will
affect nearly all pool types:
norm for pools ( type 3) is EN 15288
They have the AFNOR certification system, with the following certification categories
There Is a
French Standard AFNOR NF P90 306,7,8 &9 ( Dec 2003) on pool access
P90-308 (20061201) + A1 (20090401)
Sumation of the Algarve Councils proposals :-
Generally it establishes that children under the age of 5 should not be able to access the pool from any area, without adult assistance to open the security access. The gates or doors must open outwards from the pool, be self closing, and not be able to trap or catch or injure, any child. There must be no projections or nearby objects, enabling any child to climb over or under the barriers, or open or close a roller cover, or tent, without adult supervision. There are technical rules associated with each type of barrier. ( More details on individual pages, see menu bar)
The report states that a fence is almost certainly the most effective form of barrier, when properly constructed and maintained.
Also Pool chemicals must be stored securely, and not allow children to access them
Any other equipment, steps, slides, trampolines etc, must adhere to EU norm EN13451-2
It does not establish any time frame for the regulations to be enforced, but we expect that, as usual, the Camaras will just pass these, and say..there you go! And not tell anyone in any organised way! In France there was a two year period of grace given, but I doubt if this will be the case here.
|2. Pool Alarms
( Under review)
NF P 90-307.
Immersion detector or perimeter alarm.
Remember that the most advanced alarm system is only effective if there is someone there to react to it.
|.||3. Pool Covers
NF P 90-308.
Summer and winter covers are compliant if they are AFNOR approved.
Older covers may not satisfy the recent legislative requirements
|4. Pool Abris
NF P 90-309.
Abris are fixed or telescopic structures which effectively cover a swimming pool
like a greenhouse.
Abris enable a pool to be used year round if heated as it is covered.
All other 'public' (type 3.5- type 2 ) pools for condominiums, hotels etc are covered by the following http://archive.kayabek.net/standartlar/EN_15288-1.2008.pdf
EN 15288-1 specifies safety requirements for the design, planning, construction, and operation of swimming pools. It provides guidance regarding the risks associated with design characteristics required for a safe environment. The requirements put forward in this standard are applicable to all new classified pools, and, as appropriate, to specific refurbishments of existing pools.
EN 15288-2 specifies safety requirements for the operation and management of swimming pools. The guidance provided in this document covers risks for both staff and users associated with public swimming pools.
These documents may have to be
purchased for full details.