Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools & Leisure Facilities

Assessing Fire Risk
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28 September
Birmingham - De Vere Colmore Gate, Birmingham 

Member: £184 | Affiliate member: £284 | Non member: £284

This is a one day course for environmental health practitioners that focuses on the practical and operational safety requirements in swimming pools and leisure facilities.

The workshop will include a review and discussion of specific criminal prosecutions and civil litigation that directly affects the operator and provide examples of good practice principles for the operation of pool, pool plant and leisure club gym and health facilities. It will also look at the review and pending launch of HSG179 Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools. QLM have been closely involved in the revision.

Why you should attend:

  • Key lessons from recent incidents that have led to criminal prosecutions and civil claims, including some cases that were settled out of court
  • Gain insight into the practical and operational good practice principles of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools and Leisure Facilities
  • Expand your understanding of leisure specific risk assessments and operating documentation in Swimming Pools and Leisure Facilities
  • Gain insight into the revision of HSG179 and its impact on enforcement
  • Understand the risks and applying best practice gyms and trampoline park

Who should attend:

This is a one-day course for environmental health practitioners focusing on the practical operational and safety requirements of Swimming Pools and Leisure Facilities, tailored to:

  •  Environmental Health managers
  •  Health and safety managers
  •  Any EHP wishing to gain an insight into Swimming Pool and Leisure Facility operational good practice

CPD: 5 Hours

▼ Programme 

09.30   Registration and refreshments  
10.00   Introduction to the course
10.15   A legal perspective
Criminal prosecution and civil litigation case studies, including lessons learned.
11.30   Refreshments
11.45   The Swimming Pool - Design and operation
12.45   Pool Plant Operations - Important tips on the key hazards to look out for on inspection
13.00   Lunch
13.45   Spa pools, saunas and steam rooms
14:15   Gyms 
14:45   Refreshment break
15:00   Operating procedures and risk assessments 
16:00   Questions and open discussion
16.15   Collect CPD and depart
▼ Speaker 

Andrew Ebben (BSc Hons Cert Ed, Chart FCIPD, CMIOSH, FCIMSPA)  

Andrew Ebben is an Honours Graduate of the University of Loughborough, a qualified teacher and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Sports and Recreation Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and is a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner.

He has undertaken accident investigations for HM Coroners, the HSE, local authorities, insurance companies and the judiciary both in the UK and abroad to prepare expert reports in industrial relations, criminal and civil cases. He regularly completes safety inspections and audits for organisations operating indoor and outdoor sport, leisure and educational facilities. 

In addition, he was responsible for the management of the City’s Swimming Development Programme. Following his recruitment to RLSS UK in 1989, he developed a broad based health and safety, supervision, rescue and first aid training programme for pool lifeguards incorporating what has developed into the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

Subsequently he has written three of what have become industry standard texts on these subjects, has completed a health, safety and rescue training manual for beach lifeguards as part of the mirror programme to the pool lifeguard programme. More recently he has developed a paediatric first aid programme to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage criteria from DCSF and Ofsted and disability access evaluation programme for sports and leisure facilities. He is an active tutor running a range of health and safety and risk management training courses, both bespoke and for Awarding Bodies such as NEBOSH and CIEH.


Leigh is the Managing Director of Quality Leisure Management Ltd. He is a leisure management graduate and has been a full member of CIMSPA since 1999, having worked across various roles in the leisure industry.  Leigh has a broad range of expertise and experience, including NEBOSH and environmental health qualifications and accreditation to IOSH and IIRSM professional bodies as well as being a registered occupational safety and health consultant.

Leigh is a Chair for the IPD peer review interview process for IOSH, part of the assessment for Chartered Membership, author for Croner loose-leaf publication - Essential Facts: Premises Health and Safety and has undertaken and or been involved in the investigation of accidents for the HSE, local authorities and insurance companies in the UK and to prepare expert reports in criminal and civil cases.



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