Safety standards for Australian Swimming Pools

Safety standards for Australian Swimming Pools

15 Feb 2017

The AS 1926.1-2012 Australian Standard: Swimming pool safety is the most recent update to home pool regulations, which is what we abide by at Pool Glass Fencing.

The objective of this Standard is to assist pool owners/users in avoiding pool-related drowning by providing design, construction and performance of various barrier options, which are designed to restrict entry to the swimming pool area by young children.

Key points to take out of the Regulations:

  1. Non-Climbable Zones are necessary if barriers are less than 1800mm in height
  2. Gates shall be hung so they only swing outwards, and should have sufficient clearance to swing freely through the arc of operation
  3. Glass gate doors shall be fitted with a self-closing device for child safety
  4. Structural components i.e. panel infills, top and bottom rails etc. shall be capable of sustaining a force

The main guidelines for pool owners/users to be wary of include the following:

Non-Climbable Zone (NCZ): A zone on a barrier and in the space adjacent to a barrier, running the full length of a barrier including a gate, that is intended to restrict climbing of the barrier by young children.

Various NCZ’s are necessary if barriers are less than 1800mm in height.

If there are steps, retaining walls, objects or level changes i.e. step points that would otherwise reduce the height of a barrier within a property within 500mm of the barrier, then these ‘step points’ must be 1200mm from the top of the barrier.

If these step points are more than 500mm from the barrier or glass pool fence, then the NCZ is only 900mm.

Gates: Gates shall be hung so that they only swing outwards, i.e. away from the pool area.

Gates shall be located so that the arc of operation is clear of any building or doorway.

Gates shall have sufficient clearance to swing freely through the arc of operation.

The opening under a closed gate or glass pool fence panel shall not exceed 100 mm at any point.

Child-Resistant Door Sets: Glass gate doors shall be fitted with a self-closing device that will close the door from any position, from a stationary start, without the application of a manual force and operate the latch.

Doors shall be fitted with a latch that will automatically operate on the closing of the door and will prevent the door from being re-opened without being manually released.

There are also the following Loading Requirements that need to be considered:

Strength and Rigidity of Openings: A barrier with vertical openings wider than 10mm shall have vertical components with sufficient strength and rigidity.

Strength of Posts and Footings: Each post and footing shall withstand a horizontal force at 1200mm above finished ground level.

Strength of Barrier Components: Structural components, such as panel infills, top and bottom rails etc. shall be capable of sustaining a force.

Following on from these guidelines and requirements, there are certain tests to abide by for strength and rigidity of pool fences.

Statistical evidence shows that the majority of drowning deaths in private swimming pools involve children under five years of age. For this reason, the requirements established by this Standard are directed at achieving a barrier that will make it difficult for a young child to gain access to a pool area, whether under, over or through the barrier.

It should be noted that the provisions of this Standard relate to barriers that are intended to be child resistant but not childproof, as effectiveness of the barrier is very much dependent on its location, installation and maintenance.

At Pool Glass Fencing, our team specialises in Glass Pool Fencing and Balustrades, using only the highest quality products with guaranteed service.

Using our highly skilled and experienced installation team, we guarantee all of our pool fences and balustrades meet the requirements of the AS 1926.1-2012 regulations.