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MANAGING CRYPTOSPORIDIUM IN SWIMMING POOLS


Results Of New Study Rings Alarm Bells


In the second of a two part feature, Robbie Phillips and Richard Lamburn, STA’s Technical Pool Plant Team, examine the results of a recent Welsh National Cryptosporidium Swimming Pool Study which focused on ‘Managing Cryptosporidium in Swimming Pools’ and look at the benefits of employing and investing in training for pool plant operators


n the last issue of SPN, we revealed the results of the Public Protection in the City of Cardiff Council’s study into the management of Cryptosporidium in swimming pools in Wales, which we’ve summarised here in the infographic (left). For this second part we are going to focus on the real positives from the research, which clearly confirm the benefits of employing and investing in training for pool plant operators. There was clear evidence that pools with suitably trained pool water operators were more effective in the management of Cryptosporidium.


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The research identified those swimming pools with suitably trained pool water operators were: • Four times more likely to have an adequate schematic diagram


• Three times more likely to know the turnover period of the pool


• Three times more likely to have a procedure for managing Cryptosporidium


QUALITY POOL PLANT TRAINING


In the current climate, litigation is a continuing problem to recognised pool operators. The majority of issues are due to the lack of quality training.


Once the doors are opened to customers, members and guests there is a legal requirement to provide a safe hygienic environment. ‘Wet Leisure Facilities’ which must provide a safe hygienic environment include: • Conventional pools • Water parks


• Spas • Interactive Play Features / Splash Pads • Hydro pools • School pools • Swim School pools • Paddling pools


There is an inherent list of accepted risks including the risk of infection. These are addressed by maintaining a well- managed safe plant and by ensuring correct procedures are followed by trained operators.


STA offers a wide range of accredited qualifications to the pool and spa industry enabling candidates to effectively and safely manage a swimming pool and spa plant.


STA LEVEL 3 AWARD IN POOL PLANT OPERATIONS (QCF) The Pool Plant – Operations qualification aims to enable candidates to manage and maintain swimming pool, spa and interactive play feature operation via receiving the training necessary to reflect the most up-to- date requirements and standards for pool plant operation. Uniquely, the Level 3 course contains chapters on Spas, Interactive Play Features, Energy Conservation and Health & Safety.


STA LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SWIMMING POOL WATER TREATMENT (QCF) The Pool Plant – Water Treatment


46 February 2015 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


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