Facility designers, owners and operators are charged under a variety of legal standards and frameworks with the responsibility of ensuring public and worker health and safety arising from the business and/or undertaking of aquatic facilities and their activities. However, this web of standards often does not contextualise issues to aquatic facilities and/or does not contemplate the issues faced by aquatic facility owners and operators on a day-to-day basis.
The Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPO) is the recognised national industry standard that describes and makes recommendations as to the appropriate minimum standards of safety that should be attached to the design, ownership and operations of aquatic facilities thereby providing a recognised standard of care in a particular area of design and/or operations. In addition, regulators and investigators often seek guidance from Royal Life Saving when establishing frameworks – working together to reduce risk.
The GSPO compiles and contextualises these standards and frameworks to aquatic facility design and operations thereby establishing and maintaining a single source of truth for industry best practice.
Although published by Royal Life Saving, the GSPO represents the collective opinion of the aquatic industry across Australia, through an extensive and consultative development and review process undertaken by the National Aquatic Industry Committee (NAIC). As such, the GSPO is written and authorised for industry by industry - leveraging a formal network of collaborators both nationally and internationally.
All aquatic facility designers, owners and operators require access to and must have an understanding of the GSPO in order to meet their obligations under the respective state and/or territory health and safety legislation.