Revised Standard paves the way for safer pools and spas
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW (SPASA NSW) is pleased to report that improved safety for pool and spa users is moving a step closer with a new Australian Standard for swimming pool suction point covers published this month. This new Standard is the culmination of almost two years’ intensive lobbying by the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW (SPASA NSW).
“This is a huge achievement,” says Spiros Dassakis, ceo of SPASA NSW. “The current standard, which hasn’t been touched since 1993, is outdated and does not allow for safer suction point covers to be used, despite technological advances and alternatives.
“Simply put, adopting the new standard will lead to using safer suction point covers. It significantly reduces the hazards associated with water recirculation systems and delivers huge improvements on the previous standard.
“The publishing of this new Standard represents a significant step forward for consumers and the pool and spa industry as a whole. I believe as well as making pools safer, these changes will bring long-term benefits to the pool and spa industry across Australia.”
Revisions to the Australian Standard 1926.3-1993 Swimming pool safety – Water recirculation and filtration systems began on December 16, 2008 when SPASA NSW began intensive lobbying of all sides of government following a series of tragic entrapment incidents.
SPASA NSW’s lobbying efforts included a proposal to Standards Australia, letters to the Prime Minister and relevant government ministers, a Preliminary Impact Assessment which was issued to the Building Codes Board of Australia (BCBA), and hundreds of letters to stakeholders.
Commitment from many organisations must be acknowledged: Dassakis
Dassakis said that achieving the new Standard would not have been possible without the significant contributions from a number of organisations.
“SPASA NSW would like to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of key contributors from SPASAs in other states – including Cal Stanley from SPASA Western Australia and Rob Portbury and Des Berry from SPASA Victoria,” Dassakis adds.
“We’re extremely proud of our efforts and the fact that the Board and members all supported the revisions made to the Standard.”
New Standard expected for adoption in May 2011
The current Australian Standard AS1926.3 – 2003 Water Recirculation Systems will remain the standard for building purposes until the new edition is adopted by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), which is anticipated to be May 2011.
Revisions to the Australian Standard AS1926.3 Water Recirculation Systems were undertaken by the following organisations: SPASA NSW, WA and VIC; NSW Government Department of Commerce, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Consumer Action Law Centre, Planning South Australia, Nothing changes If Nothing Changes, Australian Industry Group, Consumers Federation of Australia, Queensland Injury Prevention Council, Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Building Codes Queensland, Kidsafe National, Australian Building Codes Board, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology and the NSW Department of Health.