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SPN APR 2012 IndustryNews


The much quoted Belgian research which linked chlorine to asthma in teenagers has been criticised as ‘not having sufficient evidence to make this link’.


Pool play equipment specialists Hippo Leisure has launched its new interactive Play Platform at Windsor Leisure Centre in Berkshire. The structure, specially configured for Windsor Leisure Centre customer dynamics, comprises three multi- level platforms housing a strategic combination of high, low, bright, innovative water features which guide visitors through to the exit via a family friendly multi-slide. Hippo advised on suitable play features for each user group identified, with a high level mast complete with a large tipping bucket providing anticipatory play for the eight plus age group and four hand operated Squirtums located on the lower platforms producing a variety of water effects targeted at children with SEN and younger children.

A spray rail provides a soft and tactile flow of water encouraging children to cover the nozzles and increase the water pressure and throw of the spray. Several interactive play panels are installed on the exterior of the structure aimed at the baby and toddler groups to encourage and develop water confidence as well as utilising all faces of the platform.

Finally, a 6m multi-slide, complete with two parallel tracks and multiple drops is extremely popular with all users who can enjoy sliding side by side with their friends or competing with others to reach the pool first.

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For the past 10 years the research carried out by toxicology professor Alfred Bernard and researchers from the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, has received widespread media coverage. It reported that teenagers who spent more than 100 hours swimming in chlorinated pools were up to six times more at risk of having asthma than other teens. The Belgian Superior Health Council has now issued its scientific opinion on papers published by the researchers linking the chlorinated swimming pools to some respiratory risks, mainly asthma. The conclusion was that the papers did not provide sufficient evidence to make this link. The council was asked by the Belgian Minister of Public Health, to re-examine the full set of publications prepared by the research team. The experts identified many flaws in the performed study descriptions and noted that the obtained results were not confirmed by other researchers. In reaction to the publications issued by the Belgian team since 2002, a number of international scientific workshops have been held dealing with the use of chlorine in swimming pools. Another aim was to identify the key issues as well as the

UK specialist pool and spa companies who want to take part in a new UK pavilion at India’s trade show in September later this year will qualify for funding. Christopher Castillo, President of WAVES India, the country’s only wet wellness event, said: “We anticipate the UK becoming one of the largest

exporters of pool and spa products into India in the near future.”

India’s booming economy is helping industries flourish around the globe. As specialist companies look into the fastest growing pool and spa market, increased funding opportunities have become available to UK companies looking to enter the subcontinent.

WAVES Expo, has appointed SCS Exhibitions Ltd as UK agent for the annual event.

“This is the first time that a UK pavilion will be present at a pool and spa event in India and we are confident that it will be a success for everyone involved. Through our association with UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) we will be offering the opportunity of grant assistance to UK companies participating at this event through the UKTI Solo Support Scheme,”

declared Bert Saunders, Director of SCS. “We are excited to partner with SCS Exhibitions Ltd. Historically speaking, India and the UK have had excellent trade relations and our goal is to both create new relationships and also further strengthen existing ones. Timing is excellent,” said Castillo. On the heels of last year’s successful launch event, the 2nd WAVES Expo is set to surpass the inaugural event. The highly anticipated follow up show will be held from 6-8 September (conference 6-7 September) at the ultra modern India Expo Centre of Greater Noida in Delhi.


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major data gaps and research priorities in the field. The associations came to the same overall conclusion as the health council.

Nevertheless, the Belgian group stated that, although this relationship between swimming pool attendance and childhood asthma had not been confirmed, it could not yet be excluded. In the study, Bernard and his colleagues compared the health of 733 teenagers aged 13 to 18 who swam in chlorinated pools for various amounts of time with that of 114 teenagers who swam mostly in pools sanitised with a mix of copper and silver.

Researchers found that teenagers who spent more than 100 hours swimming in chlorinated pools were up to six times more at risk of having asthma than other teens.

“The impact of these chemicals on the respiratory health of children and adolescents appears to be much more important, at least by a factor of five, than that associated with second hand smoke,” said Dr Bernard.

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