Pools: Role of the board of trustees
Find out about the Board's role in managing a school pool.
As a Board of Trustees, you are the entity responsible for the day to day running of the school, and therefore you are also responsible for the management and operation of the school pool.
This means you have the primary duty of care as the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure everyone using your pool with your permission remains safe and healthy.
You must put in place arrangements for the safe use of the pool including developing rules for the safe use of your pool, installing and maintaining adequate fencing and gates, and managing the pool’s water quality.
The relevant legislation, regulations and standards are set out in:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (external link) (Legislation website)
- Building Act 2004 (external link) (Legislation website)
- Building Code (including the new Clause F9 for pool fencing) (external link) (Building Performance website)
- NZS 5826:2010 Pool water quality' (external link) (Standards NZ website)
- NZS 8500:2006 'Safety barriers and fences around swimming pools' (external link) (Standards NZ website)
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