Will You Pass The Pool Inspection?

When operating an aquatic facility, a Certified Pool Operator® must constantly uphold all health and safety regulations and processes. Not only does this help maintain a safe and operational facility but it ensures that you pass routine health inspections.  When an inspection is coming up, it can seem daunting to fulfill every requirement. Knowing the most important aspects of a pool inspection can make the process much easier. This is why performing your daily inspection checks at your site is good practice.

Emergency Phone

Having a functional emergency telephone is imperative to operate a safe aquatic facility. In order for an emergency phone to pass inspection, it must fit within certain regulations. The phone must have instructions for the staff and patrons of the facility on using the phone in an event of an emergency. When someone uses the phone to call 911, these instructions should be able to help them give all of the proper information to the 911 operator. The phone must also be easily visible and accessible to anyone.

Proper Signage

Another important part of passing a pool inspection is making sure that your facility has all of the proper safety signs and rules posted. The sign should include things like pool rules, the location of emergency telephones and reminders to shower before entering the water. These signs should also mention the max capacity of the pool or spa. Signage must be posted in plain sight and be clearly legible.

Safety Equipment

In order to operate a safe facility and pass the pool inspection, the required safety equipment must be available and in working order at all times. Check your local code for all required equipment required to pass inspection. Additionally, you can review the pool and spa operator handbook for a list of recommended items. It is important to regularly check each piece of equipment and perform maintenance whenever necessary. Emergencies can happen at any time, and it is the responsibility of the pool operator to have everything in place to keep patrons safe.  

Pool Chemistry Logs and Records

One of the more monotonous responsibilities of a Certified Pool Operator®, keeping pool chemistry logs and proper records is essential to passing a pool inspection. The water chemistry must constantly remain within the correct parameters and keeping logs and records is an essential part of doing so. Not only does it allow you to keep track of the current state of the water chemistry but it provides proof that all of the proper steps were taken when a health inspector comes.

Health inspectors will look through monthly and daily logs to see if the facility maintains sanitary swimming conditions. Pool chemistry can be volatile and needs continuous oversight in order to prevent harmful bacteria from growing within the water. Health inspectors will also check to make sure that the facility has every necessary chemical as well as test kits on deck at all times.

Passing The Pool Inspection

Keep in mind that these are only a few of the essential measures that must be taken in order to pass a pool inspection. You must follow every step outlined by governmental regulations, both state and local in order to pass. Inspection procedures and state regulations are covered during the process of becoming a Certified Pool Operator®.

In order to truly take care of a pool or spa, you will need to take expert courses in CPO® certification. Pool Operation Management offers award-winning, two-day courses in CPO® certification. We offer the perfect start to becoming a pool expert.

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*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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