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Pool Plant Operation

 
CIMSPA Register of Pool Plant Professionals

The RoPPPs register recognises all those professionals who have qualified in pool plant operations and who have kept their knowledge up to date by attending a one day RoPPPs update seminar within 5 years of qualification (up to 31st July 2010) or 3 years of qualification (from 1st August 2010).

 

It is of benefit to employers, who can access the register to ensure all their staff are qualified. Improving standards of professionalism is CIMSPA’s way of helping to ensure that pools become safer, more hygienic and healthier for people to use in a world where increasing levels of positive healthy exercise is a major public health priority.

CIMSPA introduced the Register to raise the standard of competence in plant rooms across the country and assist employers who regard safe effective operation of pools as a priority, to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive approved document 'Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG 179)'.

Register of Pool Plant Professionals

Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group Member

Water Sampling
 

Why test swimming pool water?

Microbiological contamination of the pool water can result in pathogenic (disease producing) microorganisms causing infections to bathers. These contaminants can be introduced into pool water from bathers, from the pool filters or occasionally from defects in pool engineering (e.g. that allow the water to be contaminated with sewage).

Tests should be performed monthly to monitor the presence of indicator micro-organisms. These can indicate operational problems that could result in infections. Additionally, tests should be performed:

  • before a pool is used for the first time;

  • before it is put back into use, after having been shut down for repairs;

  • if there are difficulties with the treatment system;

  • if contamination has been noted;

  • as part of any investigation into possible adverse effects on bathers' health; and

  • to validate changes made to the pool treatment regime, e.g. change in disinfectant, or frequency of addition, or engineering.

More frequent sampling will be necessary if there is a problem, or for particularly heavily loaded pools.

Hydrotherapy pools should be tested before being used for the first time and then once a week (as opposed to once a month with other types of pool) as the people, including staff, using these pools are immersed for longer periods and may be more vulnerable to infection.

 

Microbiological sampling should be performed by trained and competent personnel to prevent sample contamination. Microbiological analysis should be carried out in appropriately accredited laboratories, e.g. UKAS laboratories. The pH level and the concentration of free and total disinfectant in the pool water should be measured when the microbiological sample is collected. Microbiological samples should be taken beginning at a depth of 200 mm to 400 mm below the surface of the pool.

 

The results of routine microbiological sampling should always be interpreted in conjunction with:

  • chemical tests performed on site and/or in the laboratory at the time of sample collection; and

  • a review of the maintenance records for the pool, including records of the pH, residual disinfectant levels, mechanical failures and water appearance and other untoward events.

Samples should be tested for aerobic colony count, coliforms, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

 

All our pool advisors are appropriately qualified, competent and are registered under RoPPPs.

Our team can provide guidance and advice on operating your swimming pool safely. Our services include:

  • Monthly microbiological monitoring of swimming pool water

  • Cleaning balance and pool water make-up tanks using confined space trained engineers

  • Supply and installation of dosage and control equipment

  • Supply and installation of UV disinfection units

  • Supply and installation ozone generators

 
Service & Maintenance

With our experience and expertise in the swimming pool industry, we are exceptionally well placed to undertake preventative maintenance contracts to ensure that our customers are able to make full use of their facilities.

We can maintain installations for such diverse clients as:

  • Exclusive private residences

  • Public & Private Schools

  • Hotels

  • Health Clubs

  • Leisure Centres

  • Local Authorities

  • Hospitals

 

We follow health and safety recommendations and adhere to industry guidelines such as HSG 179: Health & Safety in Swimming Pools and the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group's (PWTAG) code of practise. All our work adheres to the very latest industry standard advice and Health & Safety legislation.

Typical work undertaken can include:

  • Balance Tank Cleaning

  • Filters and Filter Media Changes

  • Swimming Pool Plant Optimisation

  • Automatic Dosing Control and Monitoring Systems

  • Ozone and UV Water Treatment Systems

  • Environmental Control

 
Consultancy

To ensure the swimming pool environment is safe for all to attend and use, it is paramount the correct, site specific procedures are in place. Our team can offer guidance and technical support for the pool plant design and operation, water treatment, additional installations to aid with water treatment which would be based on industry guidance such as:

  • HSG 179: Health & Safety in Swimming Pools

  • PWTAG's guidance on Treatment and standards for pools and spas including their code of practise

  • CIMSPA

  • WHO

  • RLSS

Our services can include:

  • Creating & reviewing risk assessments

  • Creating implementation and reviewing of operational procedures, safe systems of work, emergency procedures

  • Technical advise on pool plant operation and design

  • Technical advise on pool water treatment