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US state shows
entrapment law
is “not working”
The scope of the problem of plan for review by the state
entrapment safety throughout Department of Commerce, or
the United States has been ordering the needed parts
highlighted in a report from would all be evidence that a
one state which claims less pool operator is attempting to
than40% of pools comply with come into compliance.
the new law. An entire outdoor The cost of complying with
pool season has come and the new law also has some pool
gone since the deadline to operators complaining. In the
comply with federal safety simplest cases, complying
standards for pool drains requires only replacing a
under the Virginia Graeme traditional drain cover with one
Baker Act – designed to cut designed to prevent a
the risk of swimmers becoming swimmer’s body from
entrapped and killed by drain completely blocking it or from
suction – but many pools are becoming entangled in the
still not in compliance. grillwork. But in many cases,
Shortages of equipment workers have to break up the
Oxford Pools, is celebrating its Whenever BioLab have an and engineers qualified to do bottom of a pool to re-engineer
30th Anniversary this year. The equipment enquiry they are a required retrofit evaluation the plumbing beneath the drain.
company has added to its list able to direct it to one of the have combined to make it That means costs can run from a
of achievements, being BASC’s local to that area to difficult for pool operators to couple of thousand dollars,
appointed as one of Biolab’s carry out the necessary work comply with the law including state fees and
Approved Service Centres. The quickly and efficiently. throughout the US. engineering review, to
service centres have been It has been so difficult that US$25,000, said one pool
selected all over the UK to
the state Department of builder. And that’s for each pool;
carry out installation and Health Services in Wisconsin is many facilities have separate
service work for BioLab. relicensing pools that are not wading pools and spas that all
in compliance if those owners need the same work.
can prove they are trying. The bill was passed in
“We expect pool operators December 2007, just six
to try to come into compliance, months after a 6-year-old girl
In a Swimming Pool News asked us to point out that that’s what we’re looking for in a wading pool at a private
story in our June 2009 edition a there have been no this year,” says spokeswoman club in suburban Minneapolis
reference was made to a redundancies and the Stephanie Marquis. sat over an open drain hole.
redundancy at BTU Pool company has in fact increased Contracting with an engineer Abigail Taylor underwent
Services Ltd. The company has its staffing levels. to draft a plan, submitting the surgeries, but eventually died.
STA earns training responsibilities
STA is one of only three HSE per candidate. organisations wishing to run approval is not required.
recognised organisations From 1 October 2009, the first-aid courses for the Therefore it was concluded
which has been given HSE is changing the format for workplace. that the quality of the training
permission to train and deliver First Aid at Work by reducing Garry Seghers, STA’s could be variable and use of
the new 1-day Emergency the current 4-day course to a 3- Technical Manager explains the appointed persons as first
First Aid at Work course. The day format and by introducing reasons for the changes: aiders in this way does not
association has introduced a a new 1-day qualification. “Under the current rules, the allow the employer to comply
new quality, accreditation Under this regime, an employer HSE has identified employers with FAW Regulations.
process in which non-STA can send prospective first- find it difficult to release
affiliated first aid trainers aiders on a course. Employers employees to attend a 4-day STA now delivers one day
working in the leisure and will be expected to conduct a FAW course because of time
emergency training
sports industries can be first-aid needs assessment, and cost pressures. Also some
moderated as STA approved taking into account all relevant employers use appointed
tutors to deliver the new circumstances of the persons trained in a 1-day basic
courses. As a further workplace. At the same time, first aid course as first aiders,
incentive, the cost for these changes will also affect and such courses can be run by
certificates starts from just £10 the requirements for training any training provider and HSE
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