Legal Document

Title: The Public Health (swimming pools) Regulations, 2000
Type: Regulation
Issuing Agency: Ministry of Justice
Responsible Agency: Ministry of Health & Wellness
Issuing Date: 28-06-2000




(under section 14 (1))  


(Made by the Minister on the 28th day of June 2000)

Part- I- Preliminary

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Public Health (Swimming Pools) Regulations, 2000.

2. In these Regulations--
"class A swimming pool" means a swimming pool which is -

(a) open to the public; or

(b) operate data hotel having more than one hundred rooms for the use of its guests;

"class B swimming pool" means a swimming pool operated at-

(a) a hotel having less than one hundred moms for the use of its guests;

(b) a villa, resort cottage, guest house, apartment, apartment complex or other similar tourist accommodation;

"class C swimming pool" means a swimming pool operated in a home or residential complex or closed community exclusively for the use of its residents and their visitors;

"current first-aid certificate" means-

(a) an emergency, a standard or an advanced first-aid certificate issued by the St John's Ambulance or the Jamaica Red Cross Society;

(b) the senior resuscitation certificate issued by the Royal Life

Saving Society, dated not more than three years prior to the date on which the holder is on duty;
"deck" means the area immediately surrounding a public swimming pool;

"guest" means any person who uses a public swimming pool, with the permission of its owner, operator or manager,

"inspector" means a public health inspector or any person duly authorized by the Medical Of3ice1 (Health) to inspect a swimming pool;

"owner" or "operator" means any person who owns or operates, as the case may be, a public swimming pool;

"public health requirements" means the requirements set out under the

Public Health Act and includes the minimum operational health standards required to be met at any public swimming pool;

PART II- Opening and Reopening SwimmingPools

4. No person shall operate a public swimming pool unless that person-

(a) has a valid permit issued by the Medical Officer (Health), and

(b) satisfies the requirements of regulation 8

5. (1) Every person who proposes to operate a public swimming pool may apply to the Medical Officer (Health) in the form specified as Form A in the Schedule.

(2) Every application under paragraph (1) shall be accompanied by a fee of

(a) five hundred dollars in respect of a swimming pool operated at accommodation falling within paragraph (b) of the definition in regulation 2 of "class B swimming pool;

(b) where there is more than one such swimming pool on the premises to which the application relates, five hundred dollars in respect of each such pool;

(c) in any other case, fifteen hundred dollars, and such information or documents as the Medical Officer (Health) may require.

6.-(1) 7he Medical Officer (Health) shall upon receipt of an application under regulation 5 (I), cause an inspector to-

(a) inspect the swimming pool; and
(b) furnish an inspection report stating whether the swimming pool complies with public health requirements.

(2) Where the inspection report under paragraph (1) (b) indicates compliance with public health requirements, the Medical Officer (Health) shall--

(a) issue a permit in the form specified as Form B in the Schedule for the swimming pool to be operated as a public swimming pool; and

(b) stateinthepennitwhethertheswimmingpoolJmskenclassified as a class"A" or class"B"swimming pool.

(3) Where the inspection report indicates that the public health requirements have not been complied with, a permit to operate the swimming

PART III-Duties and Responsibilities of Owners and Operators of Swimming Pools

12. Every owner or operator of a public swimming pool shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that-

(a) all components of the re-circulation system of the swimming pool are properly maintained and functioning;

(b) all surfaces of the deck and walls are maintained in a sanitary condition;

(c) all surfaces of the deck and walls are 6ee from obstructions which are likely to cause accidents or injury to users of the pool; (4 where changing rooms, toilets, shower and other facilities are provided, such facilities are made available to bathers before they enter the swimming pool;

(e) except for markings for safety or competition purposes, the submerged surfaces of the pool are of such colour that the clarity and visibility of the water in all sections of the pool are not compromised,

where there is a general M an open area, the deck is clearly delineated, by markings or by other means, from the general or open area;

(g)  the perimeter drain of the pool is kept free of debris;

(h)  adequate provisions are made for the storage and handling of all chemicals used in or around the pool;

(i)  where foot sprays are provided for the pool, such sprays are properly maintained and functioning and kept in a sanitary condition;

(j) where the pool is equipped with a diving board or diving platform, such board or platform has a non-slip surface-finish;

(k) any exposed piping within the pool enclosure and inside the structure -

(i) is identified by and labeled with colour coded bands at least twenty-five millimeters wide and spaced along the piping at imenals not greater than 1.2 metres

(ii) the entire outer surfa& of the piping' which conveys chlorine is painted yeUow and the enlire outer &ce of the piping which conveys potable water is painted blue; and

(l) the deck is constructed so as to prevent any intlow of stonn water into the pool.

PART IV- Water Safety

13.-(1) Every owner and operator of a public swimming pool shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that-

(a) written procedures for the microbiological control of the swimming pool are established and implemented;

(b) the water in the pool is free from any contaminant which may be injurious to the health of users;

(c) the water in the pool and its recirculation system is kept separate 0 from the make-up water drains;

(d) the pool is maintained free from any matter or thing which may be injurious to the health or safety of users;

(e) the water in the pool is of such clarity as to permit a black disc, one hundred and fifty millimetres in diameter on a white background located on the bottom of the pool at its deepest point, to be clearly visible from any point on the deck or at a distance of nine metres 6om the disc;

(f) the pool water is treated with chlorine, a chlorine compound or a bromine compound, by means of an appropriate dosing device and maintained so that-

(i) the total alkalinity is not lessthan80 milligrams per litre of water,

(ii) the pH value is within the range of 7.5 and 7.8;

(iii) there is a residue of free available chlorine in every part of the pool of not less than 0.5 milligram per litre where a chlorine residue of 1 to 1.5 milligrams per litre is the acceptable standard;

(iv) there is a fecal coliform limit of less than 1.1 (MPN) per 100 milliliters of water

(g) where cyanate stabilization is the sanitizing method of choice, there is a residue of free available chlorine of not less than one milligram per litre in association with a cyanuric concentration of not greater than sixty milligrams per litre;

(h) where bromine.0~iodine is used to sanitize the pool, such substances are used together with algicides;

(i) the use of any substance as an alternative to chlorine is adopted only after 

(j) all procedures using ozone and electrolytic cells are approved by the Medical Officer (Health) and the bacteriology of the water in the pool is checked at monthly intervals;

(k) all chemicals added to the wate~in the pool in order to maintain

(l) the pH value stipulated in paragraph (1) V) (i) and the disinfe&mt residue of the water in the pool are controlled by manual methods;


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