Why Your Holiday Park Hot Tub Needs to be HSG282 Compliant
If you own a holiday or caravan park, one way you can help drive greater customer satisfaction and get more business is to provide a facility such as a hot tub.
While it’s a significant investment for your business, the returns can be pretty good in the long-term, especially if you have it installed in the right location.
One thing you need to be focused on, however, is making sure your hot tub is adapted to be HSG282 compliant. We take a closer look at what this means and what measures your business needs to have in place.
What is HSG282?
While they can be brilliant fun, spas and hot tubs can also be a source of disease, particularly legionnaire’s, if they are not looked after properly. This requirement was originally covered under the document Management of Spa Pools: Controlling the Risks of Infection but has more recently been superseded by HSG282. It’s basically a list of guidelines to help both manufacturers, installers and customers, including holiday park owners, to reduce the risk of contamination.
There have been a number of outbreaks of legionella in recent years. Where spa pools and hot tubs are concerned, this is often promoted by the temperature of the water. Heating between 30 and 40°C is an optimum temperature for this and other bacteria.
Holiday parks that have hot tubs installed have a duty to protect users under three sets of legislation:
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
What Holiday Parks Need to Have in Place
According to HSG282, one of the first things that a company needs to have in place is a plan. There should be a strategy for operating the spa system on a daily basis to ensure the safety of users as well as an emergency plan should something goes wrong.
Factors that you need to take into consideration will include, for example, the number of people who can use the hot tub at one time, making sure that individuals shower before they step into the tub, checking and maintaining the component parts of the hot tub, and checking for contamination at regular intervals.
If you have a hot tub installed for your business, you are also obliged to keep accurate records such as details of risk assessments and results of any monitoring and inspection.
You can read the full Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance here.
Working With a Reputable Hot Tub Supplier
Most holiday park owners understand their responsibilities when it comes to installing facilities such as hot tubs or swim spas and many carry out the checks and maintenance required to keep these systems safe.
If you are considering getting a hot tub installed for your business, it makes sense to work with a reputable hot tub supplier. At Spa Care UK Ltd, we’ve got a great track record of delivering HSG282 compliant systems as well as providing the support and guidance that many of our customers are looking for.