NORMAL OPERATING PROCEDURES

A.  POOL DIMENSIONS 

Width 8m.   Length 16.6m approx
Shallow end: 1.00 m
Deep end 2.00m

B.  MAXIMUM BATHER LOAD

 Min 2 max 8 in the pool including babies

No groups of under 18 ’s

C  FIRST AID EQUIPMENT

First aid equipment is in the foyer .  It is the responsibility of evening classes and outside agencies to supply there own first aider. 

D  EMERGENCY TELEPHONE  The emergency telephone is situated on the wall  in the entrance hall.  Emergency services can be telephoned by dialling 999.Address of pool: 99 Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk,NR2 2HX 

E  DETAILS OF EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT   Reaching poles are positioned in the middle of the pool.  Throw bag is positioned at the shallow end of the pool. 

F.  POTENTIAL RISK FACTORS  An appreciation of the main hazards and users at risk is needed for planning safe procedures.  Examples of general potential risk factors include:  

  • 1.  Prior health problems (heart conditions, asthma, and epilepsy)
  • 2.  Food, alcohol, drugs before swimming.
  • 3.  Youth and inexperience, (in public sessions children under 16 must be supervised by an adult)
  • 4.  Weak/non-swimmers straying out of their depth.
  • 5.  Unauthorised access
  • 6.  Diving into water of insufficient depth (minimum depth for diving 1.8m)
  • 7.  Unclear water preventing casualties from being seen.
  • 8.  Absence of or inadequate response by teacher/coach/ helper, lifeguard.
  • 9.  Glare of sunlight on the water.
  • 10.  Inappropriate swim wear or equipment.
  • 11.  Inappropriate use of facilities and equipment.
  • 12.  Running fighting or pushing.
  • 13.  Tag games
  • 14.  Throwing games
  • 15.  Swimming underwater
  • 16.  Chewing whilst in pool
  • 17.  Running

 Physical hazards include 

  • 1.  Slippery tiles 2.  Weak or missing drain covers3.  Footbath/shower tray
  • 4.  Steps and rails
  • 5   Glare from windows
  • 6.  Unlocked plant room
  • 7.  Depth of water
  • 8.  Lane ropes
  • 9.  Poor tile condition
  • 10. Changing room areas
  • 11. Use of electrical appliances
  • 12. Pool surround and water temperatures 

G  AWARENESS OF RISK BY POOL USERS 

 Awareness of potential hazards may be drawn to users’ attention by: 

  • 1.  Notices in the changing rooms and pool side
  • 2.  Leaflets to visiting schools and outside lettings
  • 3.  References in contracts of outside lettings
  • 4.  Oral reminders where necessary 

 H.  INSTRUCTORS/TEACHERS/COACHES AND TUTORS 

 Must hold a current lifesaving qualification (R.L.S.S. National Rescue Test for Teachers and Coaches of Swimming or the National Pool Lifeguard qualification or necessary qualification for particular activity and renew it as required.  Need to have a thorough knowledge of NOP & EAP and Potential Risk factors. Be prepared to enter the water.  Be prepared to administer First Aid and or rescue Breathing/CPRMust record damage to pool facilities or observations on water quality in the pool maintenance book situated in the entrance hall. 

I.  CONDITIONS OF HIRE FOR OUTSIDE AGENCIES When outside organisations sign the hire agreement, they must undertake to adhere to the NOP & EAP of the pool.  They should understand that they must provide their own first aid supplies and take full responsibility for everyone in or around the pool. 

  J.  GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO BATHERS RELATING TO HYGIENE AND SAFETY

  • 1.  Children under 16 years of age are accompanied by an adult swimmer
  • 2.  No glass items are brought into the changing rooms or on to the pool side.
  • 3.  Any swimmer behaving unhygienically or using foul language is told to leave the pool.
  • 4.  Plasters are removed before entering the pool
  • 5.  Bathers complaining or ear ache or sore throats do not swim
  • 6.  Bathers wear appropriate swimming costumes; large baggy shorts/outer wear/pj are not suitable
  • 7.  Bathers remove chin straps from swimming hats
  • 8.  Bathers do not use metal handrail around the pool on entry or exit.
  • 9.  Children who are not “potty trained” must wear specialised costumes to prevent faecal release.
  • 10.  No dogs or other pets are allowed in any part of the building or in the grounds
  • 11.  All areas used to be left in a clean and tidy condition
  • 12.  Hires should ensure that those arriving at or leaving the premises do so in a quiet manner, which does not disturb the neighbours.
  • 13.  No smoking in any part of the premises
  • 14.  No outdoor shoes to be worn in the pool or attached buildings.
  • 15.  Nobody with a verruca should swim unless wearing a verruca sock.
  • 16.  Bathing caps must be worn
  • 17.  The door leading to the pool must be closed at all times. 18.  Plant room door is to be locked at all times19.  A torch is situated pool side should the lighting fail.  The heaters in the changing room area should not be covered or interfered with21.  Flip flops or beach shoes must be worn in the pool area and adjoining buildings. 

K.  JEWELLERY 

Users of the pool should not wear any jewellery such as earrings, necklaces or bracelets.  Rings should only be plain rings (e.g. wedding ring) 


 

WENTWORTH POOL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN 

THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES APPLY AT ALL TIMES INCLUDING PRIVATE POOL SHARE SESSIONS, PRIVATE POOL PARTIES AND OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS HIRING THE POOL

 A.  EMERGENCY IN THE POOL OR ON THE SURROUNDS OF THE POOL 

The swimming teacher/tutor, lifeguard, licensee will take control or the situation until the emergency services arrive. Swimming teacher/tutor, lifeguard or licensee should clear the pool. 

The rescue should then follow as:

  • 1.  Access the situation
  • 2.  Do not enter the water unless it is necessary
  • 3.  Rescue equipment such as reaching poles are positioned in the middle of the pool.  Throw bag is at the shallow end of the pool
  • 4.  In the event of a spinal injury, there is NO spinal board available.  The casualty should be stabilised in the water until the emergency services arrive.  The Swimming Teacher/ Tutor should have knowledge of the management of spinal injuries.
  • 5.  Emergency Services can be contacted by dialling 999 from the telephone in the foyer on the wall.  They must be informed that there has been an aquatic accident.
  • 6.  Administer artificial ventilation or CPR as required.  CASUALTIES WHO HAVE RECEIVED CPR OR ARTIFICAL VENTILATION MUST RECEIVE MEDICAL ATTENTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  • 7.  CPR and Artificial Rescue Breathing should continue until medical assistance arrives or the casualty resumes heart and/or breathing function.
  • 8.  All accidents must be recorded in the accident book in the first aid box in the foyer  and reported to the relevant authorities. 

B   FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURES (This procedure will also apply to bomb threats, major structural failure, emissions of toxic gases and any other incident required the building to be evacuated) 

  • 1.  On discovering the fire call 999 on the telephone in the foyer.
  • 2.  The pool should be cleared and exit the building by the emergency Exits.
  • 3.  THE EMERGENCY EXITS ARE SITUATED THROUGH THE SLIDING DOORS AT THE DEEP END OF THE POOL AND THROUGH THE SLIDING DOORS AT THE SHALLOW END OF THE POOL AND THROUGH THE FOYER.  Please see attached plan.
  • 4.  During hire to outside agencies and pool parties a register must be kept of all persons in the pool area and this should accompany the group to the muster point on the front lawn of 99 Newmarket Road, or Hawthorn Lane at the rear of 99 Newmarket Road.
  • 5.  The swimming teacher/tutor, lifeguard or licensee must check pool changing rooms and toilets.  Confirmation of the evacuation must then be reported to the emergency services.
  • 6.  After the evacuation nobody must return to the swimming pool or changing rooms unless permission has been obtained from the emergency services. 

C.  BOMB THREAT

  • 1.  The receiver to the call must write down the message.
  • 2.  Contact the police by dialling 999 3.  Evacuate as for fire.

D.  LIGHTING FAILURE 

1.  Please evacuate the pool and obtain the torch from pool side.  Please contact Naomi Wilson  at 99 Newmarket Road or tel 07799428799   01603 501039 for further instructions. 

E.  STRUCTUAL FAILURE  If structural failure presents a threat to the pool user’s safety, the pool will be cleared following the fire evacuation procedure.

F.  EMISSION OF TOXIC GASES Evacuate bathers “upwind” from the danger area.  Contact Mr M Wilson 01603 501039   07831591077 or call at the house. 

G.  LACK OF WATER/AIR CLARITY AND POOL TEMPERATURE

  • 1.  The clarity of the water should be constantly monitored.  If the pool becomes cloudy to the extent that the pool floor cannot be seen it must be cleared and Mr M Wilson must be informed.
  • 2.  Air clarity should allow vision across the entire pool area.  If visibility does not allow this the pool must be cleared and Mr M Wilson informed.
  • 3.  The water temperature should be between 28 and 30. 

H.  CONTAMINATION OF POOL WATER 

  • 1.  If the pool water is contaminated by vomit of faeces swimming must be suspended.
  • 2.  Soiled matter should be removed and hygienically disposed of.
  • 3.  Mr M Wilson should be contacted.
  • 4.  The appropriate decontamination measures should be carried out in consultation with the Health and Safety Officer, with a minimum of 6 filtration cycles elapsing before the resumption of swimming.
  • 5.  In the case of serious contamination the pool should be drained.

I.  OVERCROWDING

Maximum numbers must be strictly adhered to

J  DISORDERLY BEHAVIOUR

  • 1.  Calm the situation down tactfully explained the reason for your displeasure.
  • 2.  Give stern warning if behaviour does not improve.
  • 3.  If the problem persists phone the house on 01603 501039 of 07799428799.
  • 4.  The police can be contacted on 999 for further assistance