CES has long been focused on providing water quality control (below the water line) for our customers, thankfully with great results. We also feel that it is our responsibility to alert customers if we see a potential issue “above the water line". Well, we recently found a great solution to a pretty common problem with perimeter grating, and are ready to help you identify and find solutions.
The New Daldorado White Paper is a detailed document that focuses on the underlying threats, codes and requirements, and potential solution - along with references and case studies. Please take a minute to read it as your facility might need a quick tune up to assure safety.
What grates are potentially dangerous? Deck drains, overflow and rim-flow grating injuries - mostly above the waterline can cause big issues. After all they have the HIGHEST LEVEL of patron interaction. While they don’t make headlines, issues are a lot more prevalent than you think and can expose your facility. The white paper contains several examples of accidents that aren’t really meant to scare anyone as much as to help point out the potential issues using real-life examples.
What are the potential issues? The white paper points out several: Slip and fall on non-compliant grates, injuries from collapsing grates that may or may not meet testing guidelines, and non-compliant gaps that are a major cause of finger and toe entrapment. Also the new IBC guidelines fine-tune the approved gap for grating, so it would be another good reason to fine-tune your grating to meet the new guidelines.
The slip and fall potential is a simple one to resolve as new CES grating has all been tested to meet the latest slip resistance guidelines. Resolving the collapsing grate issue is also fairly easy to do as new grating has been designed out of materials that are resistant to both sun and pool chemicals. The finger and toe entrapment gap is a bit more complex but is important to resolve as most grates in the field were built with the .375 gap, not the new .315” (8MM) gap. MORE IMPORTANT is that most free form Perpendicular grates (see photo above) simply CANNOT have the correct gap by virtue of their design and installation, and we recommend that these be updated in the near future. The new CES perimeter grating is the ONLY system that assures compliance for all 3 above on all pools including curved or free form grating.
What are your normal responsibilities? The big ones are, a) routine inspections, b) periodic maintenance, c) assuring the existing grates meet current and future guidelines. Unless you want to become a code expert, you should look for solutions that are both NSF® certified, and IBC (International Building Code) certified.
How can we help? First by providing this white paper, we hopefully helped make you aware of any potential issues, Second, you can contact our team to assist you in evaluation of any potential issues, and help find a solution, and Lastly we are ready to provide a cost effective solution using our versatile line of perimeter deck including design, supply, and installation assistance.
One final note…. many of our customers have VGB (below the water line) pool grates that are now over 10-years old. The VGB act REQUIRES that you change these grates to retain compliance with the Federal Act. While DOH and others might help with inspections or notices, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that these grates are complaint. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.