Swimming Pool Safety Fencing

The Building Code of Australia requires all swimming pools in Class 2 and 3 buildings and Class 4 part of a building to be provided with swimming pool safety fencing. Abuilding surveyor/ building certifier would nominate swimming pool safety fencing in the building’s essential safety measures determination/ schedule.

Building Code of Australia

Part G1 Minor Structures and Components, specify in clause G1.1 Swimming pools criteria relative to the installation of swimming pool safety fencing. This clause requires swimming pool safety fencing to comply with AS 1926.1-2007 Swimming pool safety – Safety barriers for swimming pools, and AS 1926.2-2007 Swimming pool safety – Location of safety barriers for swimming pools.

The following illustration depicts the requirement of a fence for a Class 3 building.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as swimming pool safety fencing:

Table I1.12 SAFETY MEASURES – OTHER MEASURES

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Swimming pool safety fencing G1.1

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Swimming Pool Safety

A lot of municipal councils are active in inspecting swimming pool safety fencing. An essential safety measures auditor must be conversant with AS 1926.1 and 2 as this would be nominated in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule and note any defects during a swimming pool safety inspection in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.