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 Whitney Ranch Community Association

 

Presented: July 17, 2013

 

Policy Regarding: Pool Closures Related to Fecal or Other Incidents that Cause a Pool Closure.

 

Why is the Board adopting this policy? Because fecal and other bodily fluid incidents are a concern and an inconvenience to both pool operators and patrons, the Board is adopting a policy that defines how staff will respond to such incidents. The intention behind the policy is that all Staff will be consistent in response to incidents, and incidents will be better communicated to residents to limit frustration related to closures at the pool.
Who will execute the policy? Staff members, pool monitors or any pool operator on-duty at the time an incident occurs.
When will it be implemented? Any time that a fecal, vomit or other bodily fluid incident occurs. This will be implemented in order to allow chlorine to do its’ job, including killing germs and helping to prevent recreational water illnesses.
Procedure See attached instructions for specific response to each incident.
Resources

www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming

 

 

All pool closures must be documented in the pool closure log located in the Pool Monitor cart.

 

A. Formed Stool B. Vomit With Stomach Contents

 

1. Blow whistle and clear all people out of the pool. Advise patrons that if they wish to remain in the area they may do so, and that the closure may be limited to 30-45 minutes. Ask another staff person to come assist with the process.

DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE BACK IN THE POOL UNTIL ALL OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE COMPLETED:

1. Respond to the vomit incident as you would respond to a formed fecal incident.

 

See item A.

2. Get a bucket with a trash liner and the large pole net. Wear gloves while handling clean-up. The CDC does not require treatment for coughed-up water.
3. Scoop the fecal matter out of the pool. (the pole can extend to 30’ as needed). Place feces in trash bag and tie up for disposal in the dumpster. If the fecal matter breaks apart, you must treat it as a diarrhea incident. Stop here and go to the next page for next steps.  
4. Place the net (or other items used to retrieve the feces) in the pool during disinfection.  

5. Test the water for both chlorine (free and combined). If they test 2ppm then move to the next step. If not, follow the guidelines for raising the chlorine and retest. Also test Ph levels. The level should be no higher than 7.5. If it is 7.2-7.5, go on to the next step.

 If Ph is above 7.5,  stop and call Brian at Everclear Pools (916) 997-1855 and tell him what the PH level is and ask for specific guidance.

 
6. Maintain the free chlorine level 2PPM and maintain PH of 7.5 or less for at least 25 minutes before re-opening  
7. Use a bucket with 1 part bleach (or chlorine if no bleach is available) per 10 parts warm water to pour over any area outside the water that may have been infected. Rinse with clear water until bleach/water mixture is gone. Use a scrub brush as needed.

 

 



C. Diarrhea D. Blood Spill

 

1. Blow whistle and clear all people out of the pool. Advise patrons that the pool will be closed for a minimum of 13 hours. Ask another staff person to come assist with the process.

An email will be sent announcing when the pool is open again. No one will be allowed in the pool until the pool is officially re-opened.

1. Chlorine kills germs found in blood and CDC is not aware of any instances in which a person has become infected with these germs after being exposed to a blood spill in a pool. According to CDC Guidelines, no steps need to be taken in response to blood in the pool.

2. A. Get a bucket with a trash liner and the large pole net. Wear gloves while handling clean-up.

B. The second staff person should bring the “caution tape” and surround the whole area to block access to the closed area.

2. If there is blood on the pool deck:

A. Put on latex or rubber gloves.

B. Use a bucket with 1 part bleach (or liquid chlorine) per 10 parts warm water to pour over any area of the deck that may have been infected. Rinse with clear water until bleach/water mixture is gone. Use a scrub brush as needed.

3. Scoop as much of the fecal matter out of the pool as possible (the pole can extend to 30’ as needed). Place feces in trash bag and tie up for disposal in the dumpster.  
4. Place the net (or other items used to retrieve the feces) in the pool during disinfection.  
5. Use a bucket with 1 part bleach (or liquid chorine) per 10 parts warm water (approximately) to pour over any area of the deck that may have been infected. Rinse with clear water until bleach/water mixture is gone. Use a scrub brush as needed.  
6. Call Brian Perkins at Everclear Pool Service: 916-997-1855 and tell him about the incident. He will advise how to treat and/or when he will be able to come treat the pool.  
7. Staff should put “Pool Closed” signs at each entrance, including the interior pool gate. Also, tape “Pool Closed” signs on orange cones and place out front at the entrance monument (between the gutter and the street), and in the parking lot.  
8. Staff to send email and post pool closure to the wearewhitneyranch.com site. Use template language provided.  

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