How to Identify Risks at Aquatic Facilities

An in-house safety team can help keep patrons out of harm's way.

Risk management is the ongoing process of identifying risks of injury and financial loss and taking steps to eliminate, reduce or transfer those risks. A safety team made up of managers and front-line staff may be helpful in conducting a risk audit and developing a plan to control risks specific to your facility. The following steps should get you started:

Ask "What if?" As you walk around your pools, be aware of the potential for injury or financial loss by posing hypothetical situations based upon current observations. Remain vigilant for obvious dangers, but consider that many dangers may be less obvious to your patrons. For example, if a trash receptacle at an outdoor aquatic facility is full, ask yourself, "What if this is not emptied?" Then consider the possible results: Overflowing trash will not be visually appealing to patrons, which could negatively affect repeat business; bees might begin to congregate, which could result in a sting and an allergic reaction; or trash could spill onto the deck, resulting in a slip and fall.

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