New ADA Pool Lift Compliance Due March 15, 2012 – Pool Chemical Hazard Poster Checkup

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POOL LIFTS

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made major changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility regulations. The 2010 Standards went into effect in 2011. However, the DOJ recently clarified lift standards for pools open to the public.

Under the new rules, hotels, motels, inns, and other public accommodations with swimming pools must make them accessible to people with disabilities. Among the new requirements are that fixed pool lifts be installed and fully operational during pool hours as of March 15, 2012. In some cases, a portable lift may be allowed. Pool lifts must be properly maintained and in good repair, and ready for use. Staff must be trained in the use and safety of pool lifts.

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS COMMUNICATIONS

Chemicals used in pools open to the public are considered hazardous. Pool operators must also ensure they are in compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication regulations. Some of the risks associated with these chemicals include fires, toxic vapor releases, and personal injuries.

Facilities are required to communicate potential hazards of toxic and hazardous chemicals to their employees. Communication programs include written lists of hazardous chemicals, printed signs and warnings, and distribution of material safety data sheets (MSDS). Your hazard communication tools may include:

  • Federal Pool Chemical Safety Poster (#74798)
  • Hazardous Materials Quick Reference Guide (#74602),
  • Federal National Fire Protection Hazard ID Poster (#74603),
  • Federal OSHA Workplace Safety Poster (#74604),
  • CAL-OSHA Industrial Workplace Safety poster (#05600), and
  • Federal OSHA MSDS 20PK (#74610).

OSHA’s Hazard Communication standards can be viewed by clicking here. The new ADA pool compliance standards can be viewed by clicking here. Give us a call!

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