Swimming pools – complex enclosures with hidden areas

Here is an example of the problem with the swimming pool standards.  The enclosure can meet the standard and include the entire backyard, multiple access, hidden places, outbuildings, cubby houses, tool sheds, etc.  The problem is known but the requirement to fix it has not been put into the standard.  The standard should require the size of the enclosure area should be minimized and all places in the enclosure should be visible from all others.  Unfortunately the standard does not have these provisions.  The “informative” section (i.e. no in the standard) in an appendix to AS1926.2-2007 says: The barrier “should” be located to enable adult supervision from within the pool area. Whenever a young child is inside a pool area, constant supervision is essential.  “Where possible”, tool sheds, garages, barbecues and clotheslines should be located outside the pool area…

A requirement like this – in the standard – would be stricter: “All places within the barrier should be visible from all other places within the barrier” 

About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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