All public swimming pool and spa operators are required by law to obtain a license from the local health district. Facilities are required to be compliant with Ohio’s Public Pool/Spa 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. An inspection report is a “snapshot” of the day and time that the inspection occurred. On any other day, a public swimming pool could have fewer or more violations than noted on the report.
An inspection report may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions within a facility. It is important to understand that inspection information provided here shows only the conditions of the facility at the time of the inspection. A single inspection report should not be used to evaluate the overall operation of an establishment. Looking at a facility’s inspection results over a period of time gives a more accurate picture of that facility’s commitment to compliance.
- Inspection Frequency: Inspections are conducted at least once per year. These inspections are not scheduled. Re-inspections may be scheduled if a facility has critical violations that cannot be corrected during the inspection.
- Types of Inspections
- Standard: This inspection is unannounced to the facility. A local health department sanitarian will conduct a complete inspection covering all items in the regulations for compliance.
- Follow-up Inspection: This is an inspection for the specific purpose of re-inspecting items that were not in compliance at the time of the standard. These inspections are scheduled.
- Complaint: This is an unannounced inspection conducted as a result of a complaint received by a local health department. The specifics of the complaint will be evaluated and discussed with the person in charge of the facility.
- 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
- 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:
- Lack of facility cleanliness
- Trip hazards
- Record keeping
- Inadequate safety equipment.