Assessing a pool barrier: which Australian Standard applies?

24 Feb 2016
Compliance of swimming pool barriers is assessed against Australian Standard 1926.1 Swimming pool safety - Safety barriers for swimming pools.

There are three versions of this Standard adopted in NSW. The version applicable to a particular pool depends on when it was built and whether the pool barrier has been substantially altered or rebuilt.

To determine which Standard to apply, certifiers should ask:

1. Has the pool barrier been modified since the pool was built?

Yes – go to question 3

No – go to question 2
2. Is there evidence that the pool never complied with the Standard, even when it was first built? Yes – apply the current Standard No – apply the Standard in force when the pool was built

3. Are the modifications 'minor works' i.e. associated with ordinary maintenance?

Examples include fixing a loose fence paling, a defective post, a locking mechanism out of line and not latching, or weakened springs.

Yes – apply the Standard in force when the pool was built

No – go to question 4

4. Is there evidence that the pool complied with the Standard in force when the major works were completed?

'Major works' are alterations, reconfigurations or replacements because of e.g. rotted/ rusted fence posts or rails or collapsed fence panels, or other works affecting the structure or alignment of the barrier.

Yes – apply the Standard in force when the major works were completed

No – apply the current Standard (since the pool has never complied with the Standard)

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