Pool Inspection Guide
The standards used for pool barrier assessments cover such things as the height and strength of barriers, non-climbable zones, gates and their latching requirements and preventing direct access from a building into a pool area.
These standards can be extremely complex and the information below is designed only to provide you with a quick reference guide to some of the more common parts.
The below information is extracted information directed and unedited from the governing body Queensland Building and Construction Committee “QBCC” website.
Please feel free to review the below or you can also print / download here. Please remember that you can ask your inspector after you book.
Helpful tips on making your pool safer
Below are some simple and cost-effective ways to make your pool safer and help you comply with the pool safety standard laws.
Garden beds and ground levels
- remove surrounding garden beds
- reduce the height of surrounding ground levels and garden beds
- raise the barrier height to at least 1200mm above the finished ground level
- the gap between the gate post and the gate cannot exceed 100mm
- adjust the gate to make it swing outwards away from the pool area
- ensure the gate is self-closing and self-latching from any angle
- adjust the self-closing mechanism or replace the hinges to make the gate self-closing
- oil the hinges if the gate is not closing properly
- ensure the gate is regularly maintained
- shield any climbable objects with a non- climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting, vertical palings or a ‘fillet’ that has an angle of 60 degrees or more
- trim any tree branches that are within 900mm of the pool barrier – if there are branches overhanging from an adjacent property, you may need to negotiate with your neighbour to remove them
- fix a wedge fillet (minimum 60 degree angle) along the horizontal rails of the barrier
- shield any lattice or other climbable material with a non-climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting or vertical palings
- trim any climbable vegetation away from the barrier
- remove all climbable objects within 900mm of the pool barrier
- secure all moveable objects near the pool
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A pool inspector is required to use a combination of three sets of standards.