Director's Blog

The Impact of Regulation

In the aftermath of the horror of the Grenfell fire public concern is turned now to how and why it happened. Many advocates of freedom from regulation whether it emanates from health and safety or from Brussels are now contemplating just what the impact of regulation or the lack of it has had on their lives. Regulations, are they a good thing or a bad thing? Do they make us safer or are they unnecessary in a world where we can count on the providers of goods and services to do the right thing and put safety first?

Are we in our “bubble” of swimming pools in a different situation than a towering, murderous inferno?

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Confessionals and Closures

The PWTAG guidance on vomit all pool managers should be familiar with. It is not unusual for swimmers to vomit slightly. It often results from swallowing too much water, or over-exertion, and so is very unlikely to present a threat through infection. But if the contents of the stomach are vomited into a pool, the bather may be suffering from a gastrointestinal infection. And if that is cryptosporidiosis, infective, chlorine resistant Cryptosporidium oocysts are likely to be present. This is a rather theoretical, unevaluated risk, and there is some disagreement about how it should be dealt with.

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