Pool chemicals are required to keep pools safe for swimming, however for operators, pool chemicals can be the most dangerous part of the job. *Only allow those who have been trained in pool chemical safety practices to handle pool chemicals
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Before an incident occurs develop an emergency response plan which includes:
- Spill-cleanup procedure
- Chemical incident and exposure response
- Clear chain of command and alternates with contact information
- Evacuation plan
- Communication plan for alerting patrons, staff, and emergency responders
- Train all staff on the procedures in the emergency response plan.
- Keep a copy of the emergency response plan near the chemical storage area, pump room, and ensure that another copy is also available at a remote location in case of an evacuation.
- Ensure up-to-date SDSs are easily accessible to first responders in case of evacuation.
- Have a phone with updated emergency numbers near the chemical storage area, pump room, and ensure that a phone is also available at a remote location in case of an evacuation.
- Practice emergency response plan with staff.
During an incident
- Activate emergency response plan and follow all guidelines set up by the company.
After an incident
- Document the incident and response and report them to local or state permitting officials.
- Conduct a post-incident critique with all parties involved in the response.
- Revise the emergency response plan as needed.
SDS Sheets are the most important source of information during a chemical emergency. SDS Sheets include:
Poison Control Center