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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 265GENERAL SANITATION
SUBCHAPTER LPUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS
RULE §265.199Specific Safety Features for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas
Repealed Date:01/01/2021

    (B) an additional lifeguard, or second responder who is monitoring and readily available at the pool, and who has a minimum training in (ARC) "Adult, Infant, and Child CPR" and "Community First Aid" or equivalent training, shall also be in the pool area when the pool is in use;

  (5) all lifeguards and second responders shall receive training in the application of effective pool emergency procedures for events such as submersions, suspected spinal injury, medical emergencies, missing persons, bad weather, etc. Such training will be reviewed as necessary and kept current;

  (6) pool facilities shall provide alertness/response drills and other training including documentation of the following:

    (A) a pre-season training program;

    (B) a continual "in-service" training program for all lifeguards, and other aquatic personnel totaling a minimum 60 minutes per week;

    (C) performance "audits" as recommended by the ARC or YMCA or equivalent aquatic safety organization; and

    (D) an emergency action plan similar to the one outlined by the ARC or YMCA or equivalent aquatic safety organization;

  (7) management at each facility shall maintain a current file with each staff person's current certification including expiration dates;

  (8) owners shall allow lifeguards to have sufficient break time from guarding activities as recommended by the ARC or YMCA or equivalent aquatic safety organization;

  (9) lifeguards and second responders shall be provided at:

    (A) post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class A pools during competitive events;

    (B) post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class B pools; and

    (C) post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class C pools with a diving board or a slide that is not locked or chained to prevent use of the diving board or slide; and

  (10) where lifeguards are not provided, refer to subsection (f)(1) of this section relating to signs.

(h) Lifeguard chairs and lifeguard equipment for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools shall comply with the following requirements, as applicable:

  (1) A post-10/01/99 pool that has a diving board(s) shall have at least one elevated lifeguard chair, located to provide a clear unobstructed view of the pool bottom in the diving area and shall comply with the following.

    (A) The seat of the lifeguard chair in the diving water area shall be located at an elevation at least 4 feet above the pool deck. The lifeguard chair may be portable so that its location can be optimized to prevent glare and provide proper supervision.

    (B) If the width of the pool is 45 feet or more, an additional elevated chair or station shall be provided and shall be located in the diving area on the opposite side of the pool.

    (C) Such lifeguard platforms or chairs shall be placed in locations to reduce sun glare on the water, and in positions which allow complete visual coverage of the pool and the pool bottom within a field of view no greater than 90 degrees on either side of a line of sight extending straight out from the platform or chair.

  (2) At post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools, lifeguard(s) shall have a sufficient number of standard rescue tube(s) or buoy(s) with attached rope/strap and other equipment as necessary for use by the lifeguard(s). Such equipment shall be immediately accessible at all times. Lifeguard(s) and second responders shall be dressed in swimming attire so that they are readily identifiable as members of the staff.

(i) Pool safety equipment for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools shall comply with the following standards:

  (1) lifesaving equipment at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class A, B, and C pools. At post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class A, B, and C pools having less than 2,000 square feet of surface area, at least one of each of the following items of lifesaving equipment shall be provided for the pool:

    (A) a reaching pole that is light, strong, non-telescoping and at least 12 feet long. The pole shall be constructed of fiberglass or other material that does not conduct electricity and shall have a body hook or shepherd's crook with blunted ends attached to it; and

    (B) a throwing rope that is 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch diameter, with a length at least two-thirds the maximum width of the pool. A ring buoy that is approved by the United States Coast Guard and that has an outside diameter of 15 to 24 inches shall be attached to the throwing rope;

    (C) if the pool has between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of water surface area, an additional reaching pole and throwing rope with ring buoy, as described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph shall be provided. If the pool has over 4,000 square feet of water surface area, an additional reaching pole and throwing rope with ring buoy as described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph shall be provided for each 6,000 square feet of water surface area or portion thereof over 4,000 square feet. All such lifesaving equipment shall be mounted in conspicuous places around the pool deck within 20 feet of the pool. All lifesaving equipment shall be kept in good repair and ready condition.

  (2) backboards at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class A and B pools and Class C pools that have a diving board, slide, or lifeguard shall have one or more backboards with a minimum of 3 tie down straps and head immobilizer for back and neck injuries; and

  (3) first aid kits at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 Class A and B pools and other pools with lifeguards shall be equipped with a first aid kit meeting OSHA requirements. First aid kits shall be a standard 24-unit kit and housed in a durable weather resistant container and kept filled and ready for use (including disease transmission barriers and cleansing kits that meet OSHA standards).

(j) Telephones at post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas. Post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas shall have a telephone that is capable of immediately summoning emergency service and that is readily accessible within 200 feet from the pool or spa water. Any other electronic means of summoning emergency service will qualify as a telephone if clear instructions for its use are provided by signage. A telephone that is answered by an on-site office does not meet the requirements of this subsection. The following shall apply to telephones for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas.

  (1) The telephone may be located inside or outside of the pool yard or spa yard if the enclosure entry gates and doors of the pool yard or spa yard are never locked in any manner, or the gate or fence is not more than 4 feet 4 inches tall.

  (2) The telephone shall be located inside or outside of the pool yard if the pool is a Class A or B pool.

  (3) The telephone must be located outside of all other pool yards or spa yards if all of the following occur:

    (A) the entry gate(s) or door(s) are locked on either side of the gate or door;

    (B) the enclosure entry gates and doors and the enclosure fences and walls are all higher than 4 feet 4 inches; and

    (C) the pool or spa is operated in conjunction with:

      (i) lodging such as hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, or mobile homes parks;

      (ii) a property owners association, private organization, or club;

      (iii) a school, college, or university while being operated for academic or continuing education classes, or

      (iv) practice event (excluding competition events in accordance with subparagraph (A) of this paragraph).

  (4) Each entry gate and door of a pool yard or spa yard that is locked must have a sign on the exterior of the gate or door or on the exterior of the enclosure fence or wall immediately adjacent to the gate or door, stating the location of the telephone outside of the enclosure and complying with the content and letter size of paragraph (5) of this subsection if:

    (A) the telephone is located outside the pool yard of a Class A or B pool; or

    (B) the telephone is required to be located outside the pool yard or spa yard under paragraph (3) of this subsection.

  (5) Regardless of where the telephone is located or whether the gate(s) or door(s) are locked, a sign must be installed inside the pool yard or spa yard in plain view of the pool or spa and state in letters at least 1 inch high: "In case of emergency, call 911". If the telephone is not readily visible from the pool or spa, the sign inside the pool yard or spa yard shall include a concise description of the location of the telephone.

(k) Lighting for post-10/01/99 and pre-10/01/99 pools and spas. Lighting for decks and water surfaces of post-10/01/99 or pre-10/01/99 pool or spa shall be provided according to this subsection. Lighting for such pools and spas shall comply with the following:

  (1) lighting above water level for decks and water surfaces shall be not less than 0.5 watts (incandescent equivalent) per square foot of the combined deck and water surface areas of the pool or spa;

  (2) if underwater lighting is installed in a pool, the underwater lighting shall be 0.5 watts per square foot of water surface area of the pool, and the water surface area need not be counted for purposes of subsection (l) of this section; and

  (3) lighting shall be spaced to provide illumination to all portions of the deck and water surface areas of a pool or spa. The bottom of the pool or spa must be readily seen without glare.

(l) Indoor ventilation for post-10/01/99 pools and spas. A post-10/01/99 pool or spa that is constructed indoors must meet ASHRAE 62-1989 "Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality" standards.

(m) Safety and sanitation of special aquatic activity devices. Post-10/01/99 or pre-10/01/99 special aquatic activity devices involving a water circulation system separate from the circulation system for a pool (e.g., separate pump, holding tank, etc.) shall comply with the following sections to the same extent the sections apply to pools, except as otherwise noted:

  (1) §265.187 of this title (relating to Circulation Systems for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas), except that the water turnover rate shall be at least once every 30 minutes, and a vacuum cleaning system is not required;

  (2) §265.188 of this title (relating to Filters at Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas);

  (3) §265.189 of this title (relating to Pumps and Motors at Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas);

  (4) §265.190 of this title (relating to Suction Outlets and Return Inlets at Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas);

  (5) §265.192 of this title (relating to Electrical Requirements for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools, Spas, Pool Yards, and Spa Yards);

  (6) §265.194 of this title (relating to Pool or Spa Water Supply for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas);

  (7) §265.196 of this title (relating to Waste Water Disposal at Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas);

  (8) §265.197 of this title (relating to Disinfection Equipment and Chemical Feeders for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas); and

  (9) §265.204 of this title (relating to Water Quality for Post-10/01/99 and Pre-10/01/99 Pools and Spas).


Source Note: The provisions of this §265.199 adopted to be effective September 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 7704

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