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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY


A Summer of ‘Goals’


BSPF MANAGING DIRECTOR CHRIS HAYES LOOKS AT WHAT LIES AHEAD THIS SUMMER AND BEYOND


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s I write this article, there is great expectation about the action packed sporting summer that we can look forward to! All the usual


summer sports, such as Wimbledon and less regular events such as the World Cup Football and Hockey will be played out (and will be over by the time you read this article). The Commonwealth Games will be just around the corner (hopefully there will be minimum disruption by the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns for Scottish independence during the event so that we can all enjoy the sporting spectacle). Within the usual legal restrictions, these events can be a great way of generating interest in our goods and services through related promotions, but do be careful not to flout any promotional rules attached to the events.


Keeping the sporting analogy going a bit


longer, there are a number of ‘goals’ that have been set by the industry and these include many items being discussed in Europe that have an impact on our industry. The list of ‘goals’ includes the review meeting in London from 9 to 11 September to discuss the feedback from the public consultation on the EN 16713 series of standards relating to domestic swimming pool water filtration, circulation and treatment. I hope that you have had your say on this public consultation and I look forward to ‘celebrating the success’ when these standards are completed. In this issue of SPN, there is an excellent article, co-authored by Tim Harris (HSE) and Mike McGrath (Necon) on the explanation of the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The article gives some background on biocides and about the countdown to September 2015, when


From September 2014, the Explosive Precursors Regulations will come into force and this will have an impact on the sale of a number of chemicals. From our industry perspective, this may affect the sale of hydrogen peroxide to end users (not businesses) in concentrations above 12%, unless the end user has successfully applied for and obtained a licence. This topic will be covered at the BSPF AGM being held alongside the President’s Weekend in September (see below).


There are a great number of standards impacting our industry and in the second part of his article, Peter Lang looks at some of the implications of these standards. Planning is well underway, for the autumn commitments at home and abroad. At home, LIW is being held from 30 September to 2 October and with a great deal of attention being shown by leisure professionals, SPATA is again working with UBM (the show organisers) to exhibit at the show and to support its members that are also exhibiting. LIW is the UK’s biggest annual gathering of leisure professionals and the Pool & Spa section will be featuring a number of exhibitors. The STA Swim Zone will be back and RAPs (Register of Aquatic Professionals) will return to share their progress and plans for the future with the opportunity to learn and develop skills as they host aquatic specific workshops and seminars endorsed by SkillsActive. For more information visit www.liw.co.uk


Abroad, the next EUSA meeting will be held in Brussels in October. The ‘teamwork’ demonstrated at these meetings is extremely good and through close cooperation, the support to (and promotion of the industry) is always the main aim of the meetings. Apart from Piscine in Lyon this November, there is also Interbad in October and many


“THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ‘GOALS’ THAT HAVE BEEN SET BY THE INDUSTRY AND THESE INCLUDE MANY ITEMS BEING DISCUSSED IN EUROPE THAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON OUR INDUSTRY”


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other overseas shows to check out the latest trends and products. Many of the ideas are then brought to SPATEX for visitors to see the very latest opportunities that are available. Other notable industry diary events include the BSPF President’s Weekend where Issy and Kevin Rickards Sanger would like to extend an invitation for you to join them at their event being held at the Cricket St Thomas Hotel near Chard, Somerset on 19 to 21 September. There are options to attend part, or all of the weekend and further details are available from the BSPF office.


On the first day of the President’s Weekend (19 September) it will also be the AGM’s for BSPF, BISHTA and SPATA. As mentioned above, there will be an important training session to update the industry on the Explosive Precursors Regulations so that our industry knows more about its responsibilities for selling relevant chemicals to end users and also reporting suspicious transactions and any theft of specified chemicals. Make sure you keep this date free to attend so that you stay up to date on these key topics. SPN


DIARY DATES 2014


12 August 18 August


PIP Committee (WebEx)


BISHTA Committee (WebEx)


9 to 12 September TC 402 WG2 and Board Meeting


19 September


AGM’s for BSPF, BISHTA and SPATA


19 to 21 September President’s Weekend 30 Sept to 2 Oct LIW 8 to 9 October 14 October


EUSA Meeting


BISHTA Committee and Technical Committee


16 October 11 November


9 December 2015


1 to 3 February


Swimming Advisory Group


SPATA Technical Committee (WebEx) SPATEX Board


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