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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY


Europe Takes A Huge Step Towards Standards For Domestic Swimming Pools


THE SWIMMING POOL AND ALLIED TRADE ASSOCIATION (SPATA) IS HONOURED TO INFORM THE INDUSTRY THAT A HUGE STEP FORWARD WAS TAKEN IN MAY WITH THE PUBLICATION OF THE DRAFT WORKING DOCUMENTS FOR STANDARDS RELATING TO DOMESTIC SWIMMING POOLS AND THEY ARE NOW READY FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION. OTHER EUROPEAN STANDARDS ARE ALSO BEING DEVELOPED THAT AFFECT COMMERCIAL POOLS AND THERE IS NEWS OF THESE DOCUMENTS BELOW AS WELL.


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he documents that are part of the public consultation (formally called a CEN public enquiry) relate to pool construction and installation for in ground and above ground pools. There are three draft working documents and they are prEN 16582 Parts 1, 2 and 3. (The ‘prEN’ signifies a draft European Norm). The documents can be purchased in PDF or paper format from the BSI website at http:// shop.bsigroup.com at a cost of £20 for non BSI members (or £10 for BSI members). • BS EN 16582-1. Domestic swimming pools. Part 1. General requirements including safety and test methods


• BS EN 16582-2. Domestic swimming pools. Part 2. Specific requirement including safety and test methods for in-ground pools


• BS EN 16582-3. Domestic swimming pools. Part 3. Specific requirements including safety and test methods for above-ground pools SPATA will be coordinating feedback from the industry with partners such as the ISPE to collate and give to BSI, who are the relevant standards making body in the UK. The industry has set itself a target of having all of the feedback provided to BSI by Wednesday 31 July 2013. All of the comments made around Europe will then be collated and discussed at a meeting being held in Paris at the end of September, to finalise the documents. However, the easiest way for the industry to make their own comments on these draft Standards will be to use the BSI’s Draft Review System online. The relevant links for these versions of the documents are available via: • http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/ Details/51099


http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/ Details/51100


http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/ Details/51101


When you want to view a document, you will need to click on the ‘register’ button


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(free of charge), if you do not already have log in details. Once logged in, please enter the standard number in the search field e.g. 16582-1 and it will give you a list of matching documents to open and comment on. The system will indicate where you can add your comments and save them on to the system for the review.


The information will be discussed by


SPATA’s Technical Committee this month and subject to demand, SPATA will host an online meeting (via WebEx for any company that wants to hear more about the documents contained within prEN 16582 Parts 1 to 3. The same session will be run firstly on Thursday 13 June and then again on Tuesday 18 June. Both WebEx meetings start at 9am and companies will need to email SPATA (admin@spata.co.uk) to confirm their interest and then an invite and joining instructions will be provided.


Please make sure that you have your say, as these standards will become an important part of the work that is done relating to swimming pool construction and installation. The Standards will be revised in the autumn and will be re-circulated for the final time for last minute editorial changes, before being released as a Standard in the New Year. SPATA will retain the SPATA Standards, where applicable, as the new European Standards will not cover all of the topics that are featured in the SPATA Standards. Where there is a need to revise the SPATA Standards (to comply with any changes brought about by the European Standards)


this will also be done.


Along with the draft Standards for Domestic Pools, there are also draft revisions of: Standards for Diving Boards; Moveable Floors and Bulkheads; Swimming Pool Inlets and Outlets and Leisure Water Features; and Swimming Pool Covers. The UK response to the creation of a revised working group (3) to consider Water Play Equipment, together with the UK response to the proposal to revise BS EN 15288 1 & 2 Swimming Pools Safety Requirements in Design and Operation are also to be considered at a meeting by the BSi, in London. The London meeting is organised by BSI and it is referred to as ‘SW136/ WG8’ and it deals with matters relating to ‘Swimming Pools’. There are representatives from a number of wet leisure bodies, such as SPATA, ISPE, ASA, STA, CIMSPA, BH&HPA and PWTAG. Further specialist meetings at BSI are envisaged, where the subject of these standards can be discussed in greater detail, with a view to providing the formal UK response to these proposals.


Persons wishing to make representation on the development of these standards that are not represented by the organisations listed above, should contact Emelie Bratt (the Secretary of SW136/WG8) by phone on 020 8996 7203 or by email emilie.bratt@bsigroup.com


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