It can take more than just a well-trained staff to ensure that your aquatic facility runs smoothly.
While a team of well-trained pool operators is a big part of the solution to running a successful operation, turning to local health inspectors for guidance and even encouraging pool patrons themselves to engage in best practices can go a long way toward keeping your aquatic facility up and running.Health inspectors can cause a great deal of anxiety for some aquatics facility manager, but they can also be your best friend by providing helpful water treatment tips. Additionally, by establishing a clearly defined set of rules for pool patrons, they too can help to maintain a safe, hygienic environment.
Here are some approved tactics to rely on from health inspectors and guests alike:
Chat With Your Local Health Inspector – Health inspectors can provide active guidance and water quality education to pool owners and operators to proactively ensure that they are in compliance with local ordinances.
Utilize Teachable Moments – Ask your local health inspector for any advice stemming from their visit to learn from going forward. Teachable moments are memorable and will most likely reduce repeat behaviors – and fewer violations – in the future.
Encourage Certification – There is no shortage of certification literature from one of many key groups such as CPO, AFO, APSP or YMCA. These certifications provide training for pool operators, providing guidance on how to reduce potential water violation risks.
Encourage Healthy Habits – Reminding patients to engage in hygienic habits can go a long way to reducing the spread of germs and bacteria. Try to encourage patrons to shower before swimming and provide them with consistent soap availability in the shower and restroom facilities. Reinforce to patrons that eliminating body waste in the pool is off limits and remind them that restrooms are easily accessible nearby. Publicizing these points through signage and communications are key.
Provide Convenient Diaper Changing Stations – In the same vein as restroom availability, ensure that diaper changing stations are conveniently located. Take time to enforce diaper changing station rules, and do not allow patrons to change their child on the pool deck, as that may facilitate the spread of bacteria to your pool.
Be the Change You Want to See – The greatest factor in the improvement of water quality is strong leadership. Making water quality a top priority is crucial, and industry leaders like NACCHO and Axiall can help rally membership to take action.
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