Pool safety for patrons and operators is rightfully one of the top concerns in today’s sue-first society. Most lawsuits drag in everyone - owners, operators, managers, sub-contractors, & suppliers - and let the courts split up the responsibility and the payments. It’s best to avoid the situation altogether, heh?
While some safety items are apparent, some fly under the radar. Here are a few tips to help you steer clear of trouble:
Below the water: VGB - Virginia Graham Baker Act…its baaaaccckkk. Yes, VGB is 10-years old for most, and many owners have forgotten that all drains and covers had an “expiration date” and that they had to be replaced in order to maintain compliance. While some covers and drains had 2 or 5-year expiration dates, CES tended to market models with 10-yr expiration dates, and those are now due.
Why is this important? A federal regulation MUST be followed, and any hair or limb entrapment - or even worst - could put all involved at huge risk.
Above the water: Perimeter overflow grates are also a source of great liability. There are strict legal requirements to maintain a 8mm (millimeter) gap consistently in order to prevent finger and toe entrapment. Many perimeter grates on free form pools do NOT comply with this regulation.
The solution? New Daldorado parallel replacement grates finally resolve the long-standing issue with compliance.
SVRS devices need ongoing testing and certification: Suction Vacuum Release Systems are used on pools where gravity surge tanks were not implemented, and they are tasked with breaking the pump suction in the event that someone becomes trapped on the main drain. While there is much evidence that they don’t work fast enough to prevent evisceration, many were installed in lieu of other safety devices.
The problem is that these devices need to be continually tested and certified. They are mechanical devices that can and DO fail, and thus are giving owners a false sense of protection. The best way to protect yourself is through a gravity feed surge tank.
In any event, compliance with VGB and above water grates are very important, and need to be addressed in order to prevent your facility(ies) from severe risk.
Please contact us with any questions or comments, and let us know how we can help.