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OPERATORS FALL SHORT
OF LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ...
New industry research has the industry research
revealed a worrying number of commissioned it demonstrates
swimming pool operators in that clubs are vulnerable in the
leisure centres are not providing way they manage health and
duty managers with sufficient safety in swimming pools.”
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training to manage incidents Tara Dillon, Executive Director
effectively. The IQL UK Ltd at the IQL, said: “The research
worked in partnership with revealed that although
Leisure Net Solutions on a operators are working hard to
feasibility study which ended in ensure their employees are fully
SERVICE
a survey of 400 general qualified, they are not providing
managers, duty managers and them with the operational tools
senior managers. necessary to manage incidents
In light of the recent within their facilities. When
Corporate Manslaughter and asked, a worrying 81% of
FROM
Homicide Act, operators are general managers and 62% of
falling short of what is required duty managers were unable to
by them to manage incidents at identify their responsibilities
their facilities effectively. The under the Corporate
repercussions are potentially Manslaughter and Homicide Act.
huge, with operators required The gaps highlighted a lack
ALITY
to prove that they did of understanding in current
everything possible to avoid legislation at duty manager
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COMPANY
YOU
incident or accident and all that level. Even operators own
is ‘reasonably practicable’, to policies and procedures, in
prevent facing unlimited fines. managing the health and safety
Jeanette Harwood, Senior in their pools, revealed
Partner at law firm Walker conflicting responses from QUTRUST
Morris, says: “Having reviewed colleagues.
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Golden Coast...
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Golden Coast Ltd
Jeanette Harwood – ‘clubs are vulnerable in the way they manage
Fishleigh Road Roundswell Commercial Park West
health and safety in swimming pools’
Barnstaple Devon EX31 3UA
Tel: 01271 378100 Fax: 01271 371699
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