Utah Administrative Code
Health
Title R392 - Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Services.
Rule R392-302 - Design, Construction and Operation of Public Pools.
R392-302-30 - Supervision of Bathers.

Universal Citation: UT Admin Code R 392-302-30

(1) Access to the pool must be prohibited when the facility is not open for use.

(2) Lifeguard service must be provided at a public pool if direct fees are charged or public funds support the operation of the pool. If a public pool is normally exempt from the requirement to provide lifeguard services, but is used for some purpose that would require lifeguard services, then lifeguard services are required during the period of that use. For other pools, lifeguard service must be provided, or signs must be clearly posted indicating that lifeguard service is not provided.

(3) The Department shall approve programs which provide training and certifications to lifeguards. These programs shall meet the standards set in Subsection R392-302-30(4)(a).

(4) A lifeguard must:

(a) Obtain training and certification in:

(i) lifeguarding by the American Red Cross or an equivalent program; and

(ii) professional level skills in CPR, AED use, and other resuscitation skills consistent with the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care; and

(iii) first aid consistent with the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for First Aid.

(b) Be on duty at all times when the pool is open to use by bathers, except as provided in Subsection R392-302-30(2); and

(c) Have full authority to enforce all rules of safety and sanitation.

(5) A lifeguard shall not have any other duties to perform other than the supervision and safety of bathers while he or she is assigned lifeguarding duties.

(6) Where lifeguard service is required, the number of lifeguards must be sufficient to allow for continuous supervision of all bathers, and surveillance over total pool floor areas.

(7) Lifeguards must be relieved in the rotation of lifeguarding responsibilities at least every 30 minutes with a work break of at least 10 minutes every hour.

(8) The facility operator and staff are responsible for the enforcement of the following personal hygiene and behavior rules:

(a) A bather using the facility must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool enclosure. A bather leaving the pool to use the toilet must take a second cleansing shower before returning to the pool enclosure.

(b) The operator and lifeguards shall exclude any person having a communicable disease transmissible by water from using the pool. A person having any exposed sub-epidermal tissue, including open blisters, cuts, or other lesions may not use a public pool. A person who has or has had diarrhea within the last two weeks caused by an unknown source or from any communicable or fecal-borne disease may not enter any public pool.

(c) Any child under three years old, any child not toilet trained, and anyone who lacks control of defecation shall wear a water resistant swim diaper and waterproof swimwear. Swim diapers and waterproof swimwear shall have waist and leg openings fitted such that they are in contact with the waist or leg around the entire circumference.

(d) Running, boisterous play, or rough play, except supervised water sports, are prohibited.

(e) Where no lifeguard service is provided, children 14 and under shall not use a pool without responsible adult supervision. Children under the age of five shall not use a spa or hot tub.

(f) The lifeguards and operator shall ensure that diapers shall be changed only in restrooms not at poolside. The person or persons who change the diaper must wash their hands thoroughly with soap before returning to the pool. The diapered person using a swim diaper and waterproof swimwear discussed in subsection R392-302-30(7)(c) above must undergo a cleansing shower before returning to the pool.

(f) Placards that meet the requirements of "Rule Sign" in R392-302-39(1), (2) and (3)(c) and embody the above rules of personal hygiene and behavior must be conspicuously posted in the pool enclosure and in the dressing rooms and lifeguard rooms (where applicable).

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