Wilson’s Essential Pool & Spa News
Volume 6 Issue 3 | March 2018
In this month’s issue
Section 2 – Who you gonna call?
Section 3 – Old baths to re-open in Bristol
Section 4 – Listeria outbreak
Section 5 – Recent courses
Section 6 – The not so good ‘ol’ days’
Section 7 – ISPE endorsed PPO delegates
Section 8 – You wrote
Section 9 – Incident in Accrington pool
Section 10 – Hall of shame
Section 11 – Asbestos is still killing workers
Section 12 – Bring back the Nautillus
Section 13 – Banksy is back!
Section 14 – Come to the 118th ISPE seminar
Section 15 – Parental guidance advised
Section 16 – ISPE application form
The ISPE needs you
It’s 7.00 am and your pool is just opening for the day and your staff are experiencing a pool problem. Can you deal with it? Well we can! Get them to phone Allen Wilson, because this is his field and he can give them expert and accurate advice. So let Studies In Work take the strain whilst you enjoy your deserved leisure time, maybe have a little lie in or even watch a bit of Jeremy Kyle for an hour because you know things are ‘sorted’. What will it cost? The costs of the phone call plus £2.00 per week per pool (+ VAT). If your staff cannot open your pool what will this cost in loss of good will, loss of income plus any resultant bad publicity. What other benefits are there if you sign up? Ongoing updates on pool and spa issues in an easy to understand format. Studies In Work are public liability and professional indemnity insured. All staff are leisure management and/or H&S qualified.
We’re all you need to know!
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|Sodium Hypochlorite||£12.00 + VAT|
|Calcium Hypochlorite||£12.00 + VAT|
|Trichlor||£12.00 + VAT|
|Dichlor||£12.00 + VAT|
|PAC||£12.00 + VAT|
|Aluminium sulphate||£12.00 + VAT|
|Sodium Bisulphate||£12.00 + VAT|
|Hydrochloric acid||£12.00 + VAT|
|Filter media new & used||£12.00 + VAT|
|CO2||£12.00 + VAT|
|Pool water testing tablets||£12.00 + VAT|
|Bacteria developed from processes||£12.00 + VAT|
|WD40||£12.00 + VAT|
|Zeoclere||£12.00 + VAT|
|Jollygel||£12.00 + VAT|
|Cryptosporidium||£12.00 + VAT|
|Giardia||£12.00 + VAT|
|Acanthamoeba||£12.00 + VAT|
transmitted via the oral route after ingestion of contaminated food or drink products. The organism then penetrates the intestinal tract to cause systemic infections. The diagnosis of Listeriosis requires the isolation of the organism from the blood and/or the cerebrospinal fluid [CSF]Def; a fluid that acts as a shock absorber for the brain. Treatment includes prolonged administration of antibiotics, primarily ampicillin and gentamicin, to which the organism is usually susceptible. The elderly , pregnant and young and those with compromised immunity system are at the highest risk. A level of 6.0mg/l Chlorine will eliminate this, alternatively for food, thermal sterilization in temperatures of 150O C plus. Water if suspect should be boiled prior to use. In the UK food rather than water would be the threat. Although it is virtually unknown in UK but I do have a few readers in the African & Asian continents. Thank you to Joseph James Whitworth for some of this information also the World Health Organisation (WHO) , the University of Ghana and last but not least, Martin Seccombe, our man in South Africa.
Happy delegates on Romford, Essex PPO
When I was a kid I wanted to be a bus driver!
than that. It was a holiday park and was just opening for the season. The first person I met there was an old engineer/maintenance
person who was full of crap. To save time I took an instant dislike to him. The site manager was a bright young guy, very switched on and knowledgeable. We walked around the promenade of the indoor pool wearing our blue overshoes (and other clothing I would add) and discussed what we hoped to achieve. Whilst we we were chatting the old maintenance geezer came onto the poolside and proclaimed to us that he was going to check the pools chlorine level. He dropped a DPD no 1tablet into the water and watched it dissolve. Now I will allow this. Dropping and observing a DPD No 1 will indicate whether or not there is Chlorine , or Bromine present, but that’s about all it will do . He looked up and shouted across the pool to the manager and me, “about 1.75 ppm.” “Listen to that stupid clown” I told the manager. “What my Dad?” said the Manager. I then resigned myself to the fact that this would probably be my last job for this customer
Later that day I went to the outside pool and found the engineer removing the winter cover.
The water was green and cloudy as expected. Obviously the manager had not passed on my opinion of his dad as he appeared to wish to still to want be my mate. He informed me, “You have a look at this tomorrow, it will be crystal clear”. He indicated a drum of Chlorine tablets. “I will get some of these in through the skimmer and let it circulate for a few hours. Then turn off the circulation and put some floc in with a watering can. Let it settle and then vacuum up all the bits off the bottom.” Opening his chlorine tablets drum he found just one 75mm tablet in there. I thought he’s not gonna do much good with just one tablets. “no problemo” he informed me in a crap Bart Simpson accent He pulled from his overalls a Nokia 3310 and called someone from a nearby pool. With the gob he had on him why he even needed a phone, I don’t know and his conversation was on the following lines. “Get your boy to bring me down some chlorine tablet, three will be plenty. Tell him to bring them dreckly”. Aka Directly and means straight away in that part of the UK.
Ten minutes later a lad on a Kawasaki Ninja turns up with a happy meal box (I’m loving it) stuck inside his leather jacket containing three 75 mm chlorine tablets. To explain, although you probably know, these tablets are off-white with a strong smell of chlorine. What I also need to explain is that the ol’ engineer had calcium Hypochlorite tablets and the Ninja warrior has brought down three 75mm Trichloroisocyanurate acid tablets, These two tablets Calcium hypo with a pH of between 10 and 11 and Trichloroisocyanurate acid with a pH of less than 3.0 should never be mixed. I feel I need to explain, when carrying out RAs I use a video camera and in that far off days I was using a JVC with a small cassette in it. As I walked around the pool videoing and recording my comments I watch the Chuckle brothers performing at the other end of the pool. They removed the skimmers and dropped the four 75mm tablets inside and replace the lid. By now I am at the deep end of the pool commenting on inadequate signage being, or not being displayed.
I hear a hissing noise and believing the video tape has jammed I quickly turn it off. The hissing noise continues and I try and as I work out which one of my ears is working best. I spot the chuckle brothers staring down at the access lid on the pool promenade where a white cloud is billowing out of the 25mm hole in the plastic lid. All of a sudden the lid erupts and disappears up into space. I think how high is that lid gonna go when I am distracted by the open mouth of skimmers complete with an artistic surround of mosaic tiling burst forth from the side of the pool and doing a passable imitation of a Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb shoots up the pool towards me, before sinking gracefully into the depths of the still green murky water. There was nothing wrong with my camera, the hissing I heard, was from the explosive chemical reactions between two chemicals with radically different pHs. If I had kept my camera going I could have shown you what actually happened and got £250.00 off ‘You’ve been framed’ A video of this is available on my website at www.studiesinwork.co.uk Join the 136,000 + recent
I hope your are well and enjoying 2018 so far. I work in Kent as a maintenance engineer and I attended your pool training sessions
last year in Essex. We have a problem with the total alkalinity levels which neither we nor the pool experts can fathom out. We back wash the pool every Monday and Thursday and measure the Alkalinity, Calcium, and TDS every Tuesday. Alkalinity should be somewhere between 80 and 120 but is rarely above 40. We have tried raising the alkalinity by shock dosing the pool which raises the levels slightly but are back to under 40 within a day or so. Today our Pool experts came in to do normal monthly checks and they used their equipment and measured the pool and the water supply to the pool. Their results were above 300 for the supply and 70 for the pool. According to us and them all other aspects of the pool are within spec. If the supply is well above the ideal levels and we shock dose the pool with pH increaser, why are we having so much trouble maintaining the Alkalinity between 80 and 120. I do a water balance calculation every Tuesday and the balance is usually about – 0.1 Any ideas? VT
Hi, You may remember from your course or even by referring to your manual that the substance to raise total alkalinity levels is
Sodium Bicarbonate AKA TA increaser. You say you are using pH Plus which is Sodium Carbonate and as it says ‘on the tin’ it is to
raise the pH not the total alkalinity. I am surprised that your ‘pool experts’ did not advise this. Let me know how you get on once
you switch to TA increaser. Another alternative is to possibly use CO2 as the pH correctant. Give my regards to Vicky. Regards Allen
She said: “I was sat upstairs with my son when I heard horrific screaming from the balcony. “I saw people leaning over the upstairs viewing balcony shouting to lifeguards and teacher to get her out, get her out. “I looked down at the pool and one of the children was convulsing under the water, all her body jerking and the staff were doing nothing. “The lifeguards and teacher were just stood talking.” “There was a child in the swimming lesson who was drowning while they were stood there. From reading the various reports it seems that the correct action was taken by the staff once they became aware of the situation Now, as always, the blame game will start. What is needed in independent investigation of what happened, an investigation, not by the centre or the local authority or even by the HSE, but by an independent person. Last year, two teaching assistants , were handed 12-month conditional discharges at Leicester Crown Court for their role in a near-tragedy, at West Gate School, in Glenfield Road, on January 27 2016. Will this be judged similar and will action follow.
At Studies In Work we have access to personnel such as this and will be more than willing to do this. Hopefully in this way we can, maybe not eliminate accidents & incidents, but certainly reduce them.
A spokesperson for Hyndburn Leisure Centre stated: “Just before 5pm on Thursday 25th January, a child got into difficulty in the learner pool during a swimming lesson and the team initiated a rescue. She was pulled to safety by a lifeguard. The pool alarm was sounded and more staff arrived to provide assistance. An ambulance was called immediately whilst staff performed CPR at pool side. During the rescue, a customer identified herself as an Accident and Emergency Nurse and offered assistance with CPR, which of course we accepted. Staff continued to assist with CPR as well as safely evacuating the pool hall. The child was revived and was conscious when
paramedics arrived. CCTV shows that there was one minute ten seconds between the first child in the group entering the pool to start an activity, and the girl being rescued by a lifeguard.”
Allen says: “I believe that the centre should be applauded for the way in which it dealt with this situation!”
How politics works!
He said, “NO!”
I told him, “She is Bill Gates’ daughter.”
He said, “OK.”
I called Bill Gates and said, “I want your daughter to marry my son.”
Bill Gates said, “NO.”
I told Bill Gates, My son is the CEO of World Bank.”
Bill Gates said, “OK.”
I called the President of World Bank and asked him to make my son the CEO.
He said, “NO.”
I told him, “My son is Bill Gates’ son-in-law.”
He said, “OK.”
And that is how politics works.
Up and coming courses!
Contact Anne Coffey on 0118 974 6875
East Sussex Spring 2018 two day course12th & 13th March 2018. Revalidation course 14th March.
Shrewsbury 15th-16th March PPO Two day course Revalidation delegates to attend second day only.
Contact Geoff Stafford on 07985745804
To organise your own courses PPO PSPO COSHH risk assessment etc. contact Allen on 07885 615547 or at [email protected]
ALL ISPE ENDORSED TRAINING
Section 11 – Canada moves closer to asbestos ban
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to six minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibres that can be separated into thin, durable threads for use in commercial and industrial applications. These fibres are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries. Additional asbestoslike minerals are found in the natural environment, Chrysotile asbestos is the form that has been used most widely in commercial applications.
- What is asbestos?
- The law
- Installations that present a risk
- Assessing the risk
- Control measures: frequency & action
- what we should be doing
- The Duty holder and the responsible person
£250.00 each seminar
(£400.00 for two on same day) + £20.00 per delegate Inc. registration, course notes and certification plus incurred travel expenses + VAT
Other half day seminars available include:
- Legionnaires disease awareness
- Water testing for pools and spas
- steps and ladders, etc.
Allen Says: “Although a risk assessment is necessary it may not identify the need for a lifebelt, I would however advocate the purchase and supply of one. There are other devices available that the insurance companies are probably unaware of, that the risk assessment may identify a need for. I take on board Richard’s comments; check the small print on policies. Aren’t we all guilty of simply ticking Terms and Conditions boxes. I actually declined a travel insurance policy recently as I was only going away for a week and it would have taken long than that to read the onerous terms and conditions attached”
Intoxicated tourists may not win insurance claims!
Allen says: “I think Mr Abbott should get out more and if he feels that strongly, perhaps he should have got off his butt and done something about the poor quality graffiti that adorned the bridge prior to Banksy’s improvement.”
Date: Thursday 8th March 2018
Venue: The Watermill Hotel, London Road, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RJ
10.00 a.m. Coffee on Arrival
10.30 a.m. Welcome – ISPE President John Cheek, FISPE
10.35 a.m. Details of Pool Hall Design for the Wet Environment Graham Kneale, FISPE
11.15 a.m. Automatic Dosing Controllers and the methods of chlorine measurement Lesley Hipkiss, TnISPE
12.15 p.m. The importance of ISPE Endorsed training Allen Wilson, FISPE, Tech IOSH
12.45 p.m. Pay Bar
1.00 p.m. Lunch followed by Coffee
2.00 p.m. The Importance of Backwashing Jimmy Lamb, TnISPE(Cert.)
2.45 p.m. Swimming Pool Covers – How to maximise Savings Will Dando, FISPE
3.15 p.m. Pipework Installations – Problems and Pitfalls John Cheek, FISPE
3.45 p.m. Open Forum
4.05 p.m. Close John Cheek, FISPE
ISPE Students – £50
ISPE members (all other categories) – £60
Non-members – £80.
Graham will look at details of the pool hall design and in particular, the areas that builders and architects will be unaware of, and what you need to tell them. Lesley will look at the Automatic Controller Chlorine Measurement methods and suitable applications. Allen will look at endorsed training and explain why training must be meaningful, and cover both best practice and legal compliance. Jimmy will look at why achieving correct backwash flow rates is important and what are the ramifications of an insufficient backwash. Will ’s presentation will show how to choose and fit the correct type of floating cover to maximise savings. John will look at what can go wrong, & cover topics such as pipe sizing, two main drains and other issues, where problems arise when the job is not correctly specified or carried out. There will plenty of opportunity for open discussion and questions during the day.
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning in here.”
My mother taught me RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
“If you don’t shape up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
My Mother taught me LOGIC.
” Because I said so, that’s why.”
My mother taught me MORE LOGIC
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not coming to town with me.”
My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re hit by a bus.”
My father taught me IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
“Just you look at that dirt behind your ears!”
My mother taught me about WEATHER.
“your bedroom looks as if a tornado has hit it.”
My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!”
My mother taught me about COSMETIC SURGERY .
“I’ll wipe that smile of your face!”
My mother taught me about ENVY.
“There are millions of unfortunate children who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
“You are going to get it from your father when you get home!”
My father taught me HUMOR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
“If you don’t eat your cabbage, you’ll never grow up.”
My mother taught me GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”
My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
My father taught me about JUSTICE .
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”
My mother taught me about BACTERIA.
“Pick that toast and jam off the floor before the bugs get it (a.k.a. the 10 second rule)”