A GUIDE TO RECREATIONAL WATER SAFETY

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All public swimming pools and spas are required by law to first obtain a license from the health department. These facilities are required to be compliant with West Virginia's Public Swimming Pool/Spa safety regulations. Routine inspections during the operation of the public pool assess the operator's success in assuring that routine practices are conducted in a safe and sanitary manner.

Keep in mind that any inspection report is a "snapshot" of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a swimming pool could have fewer or more violations than noted in the report. An inspection may not be representative of the overall compliance of the facility.

INSPECTION PROCESS

  • Inspection Frequency: Inspections are conducted¬†at least two times per year. These inspections are not scheduled. Re-inspections are scheduled if a facility has critical violations that cannot be corrected during the inspection.

  • Violations (Two types of violations may be cited):
    • Critical Violations: Violations of the Public Swimming Pool/Spa Regulations which, if left uncorrected, are more likely than other violations to directly contribute to illness or injury. Examples include: low disinfectant residual, entrapment hazards, improper circulation, poor water quality, and inadequate number of lifeguards.
    • Non-Critical Violations: Violations not directly related to the cause of illness or injury, however if uncorrected, could affect the operation of the facility and lead to critical violations. Examples include a lack of facility cleanliness, trip hazards, record keeping, and inadequate safety equipment.