SURE SAFE Safety Glass for Pools & Swimming Pools Act., NSW

Sure Safe Safety Glass for Pools

Sure Safe pool fence systems provide an unobstructed view of your pool area, which not only looks great but also provides maximum visibility when supervising children. The pool fence panels are constructed from 12mm toughened safety glass, which have been tested in a NATA accredited laboratory and are Australian Standards compliant.

Sure Safe is well known to follow Swimming pools act, NSW and had successfully installed safty glasses for pools in Baulkham Hills, NSW, Blacktown NSW, San Souci NSW, Leppington NSW and Parramatta NSW

We suggest you go through this article to know more about the pool safty rules and regulations. If you feel you need expert advice, feel free to contact us. We shall be more than happy to help to feel safe.

Pool Safety Barriers

NSW has in excess of 350,000 private swimming pools. The following information provided to assist with understanding the pool safety requirements of the Swimming Pools Act and other related relevant requirements.

The information provided are state requirements that apply throughout NSW. You should check with your council for any specific requirements that may apply to your property.

All pool owners are responsible for safety in and around their pool. Unfortunately too many children drown or suffer severe health and physical damage as a consequence of near drownings in backyard pools. Simple key actions can prevent a child drowning: supervise children, restrict their access to the pool, educate them in water awareness and ensure someone has resuscitation and first aid skills.

The purpose of this information is to provide guidance as to the safety issues applicable to pools. This article contains requirements relating to pool child-resistant barriers and existing pools sections 8, 9, 10 exemptions.

The Swimming Pools Act 1992 (commenced 1 August 1992, amended 14 December 2009, 29 October 2012) and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 (commenced 1 September 2008, amended April 2010, 1 May 2011, 29 April 2013) applies to all types of pools (both indoor and outdoor) on premises where there is a residential building, a moveable dwelling (such as a caravan), a hotel, a motel, tourist/visitor accommodation and other multi-occupancy developments (either as a common area pool or private pool).

This information is also of assistance for new pool installation, renovation of pools and should be read in conjunction with your local council’s requirements

Swimming Pool Information

Council is required to be notified of the installation of a pool. This notification is achieved via the pool approval and certification process. In addition pools are required to be recorded in the NSW Swimming Pool Register (see pool registration title in the attached pdf).

A note from Kids Health, the health promotion unit of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead website: small pools should only be used where you empty and store away after each use. Visit http://kidshealth.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/projects/drowning-prevention.

Temporary fencing

Construction of a pool or building works where an existing barrier is removed may present hazards prior to the works being completed. There is a danger of injury from falling into the excavation or empty pool or drowning if the excavation/pool contains water (eg. after rain). During any pool construction/renovation works, access to the pool is required to be restricted. Providing suitable fencing to the swimming pool construction area for the period that the hazard exists will reduce the risk of someone falling into or drowning in the excavation/pool.

Attention is directed to the existence of State legislation and regulations requiring temporary fencing of excavations during building works. The builder is usually the best person to erect a temporary fence and is generally responsible for the safety of the site. Prospective pool owners should therefore ensure suitable temporary fencing is constructed, and the person who is to construct the fencing should be clearly identified in the pool construction contract. Owing to the method of constructing most pools, the pool builder may be away from the site for periods of several days and thus the person having the pool constructed should ensure that the temporary fencing is not tampered with.

Pool Certificates under the Swimming Pools Act 1992

Contracts for sale and pools - what’s currently required

Under the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010 a warning notice is required within the contract of sale stating the owner of a property on which a swimming pool is situated must ensure that the pool complies with the requirements of the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

Prospective purchasers considering a property with a pool should get the pool inspected prior to purchasing. At the very least, if purchasing a property with a pool after 29 April 2013, ensure the pool is recorded in the NSW Pool Register.

Local Council Site-specific Requirements

Check your property for easements or restrictions that may impact on the child-resistant barriers you can provide to secure your pool. These are some of the restrictions that apply to some properties that may restrict the location, height, design, material and style of the fence barrier you can use:

  • Bushfire prone land
  • Front building zone
  • Foreshore building zone or additional public place setback restrictions
  • Heritage sites, building or structures
  • Land subject to flooding
  • Front building zone
  • Land subject to sea level change
  • Land subject to drainage easements with overland flow paths

Envi ron mental Noise

In accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation 2008, the use of pool/spa pumps may be restricted to:

  • Bbetween 8am and 8pm on any Sunday or public holiday, and
  • Between 7am and 8pm on any other day

If the pump emits noise that can be heard within a habitable room in any other residential premises.

This information is also of assistance for new pool installation, renovation of pools and should be read in conjunction with your local council’s requirements.

Pool Removal

This information does not apply to pools or pool fencing or associated structures that have heritage significance - consult your local council.

When you are considering removal of the pool and installation of a deck or the like at the pool coping level, additional requirements may apply or the works may not be permitted due to the elevated level or closeness to boundaries. This work may require complying development approval and you need to consult with your local council or accredited certifier as to the requirements