Allowing members ‘24-7’ access to the information they need, the 2019 BISHTA Standards are now available to their members in a paper format, and also available online via the members’ area of the BISHTA website. Replacing the 2010 version, there are now nearly 100 pages in the BISHTA Standards, including useful appendices. It is envisaged that the number of pages will continue to increase due to the development of new (and the revision of existing) materials, with the development (and revision) of member factsheets as a vital additional support service. These factsheets are also available in the member’s area of the BISHTA website.
The importance of HSG 282 for hot tubs used in a business activity such as holiday parks and homes cannot be overestimated. Although HSG 282 was a follow-on from the Management of Spa Pools, that was published in 2006, the industry has fully embraced the guidance so that the visitors to these locations are kept safe.
Much of the HSG 282 guidance has also been included in BISHTA’s water hygiene management course that was updated in 2016, and more than 1,000 people have been through this training since 2016, an incredible figure and thanks are due to the various tutor teams that run these courses on behalf of BISHTA. Namely Complete Pool Controls (Martin Rigby, Matt Roberts, John Key and Keith Pescott), Pollet Pool Group (Jimmy Lamb and Lesley Hipkiss), SpaTech Training / 1 Stop Spas (Chris Brady) and Pool and Spa Advice (Howard Gosling). Other tutors such as Robin Flux from Arch Chemicals can offer the course when there is sufficient demand.
BS EN 17125 defines Scandinavian hot tubs as a ‘spa for single use of water, where the water temperature is increased from an external heat source and which is sited outdoors’. These products are being sold for both domestic and business settings, with the need for emptying the products every few hours, depending on whether the water is potable or non-potable, these products need better guidance from the manufacturers to ensure they are used appropriately.
The electrical section has benefited from feedback from experts in various places, but special thanks to BISHTA’s partners NICEIC, who have not only delivered electrical courses to 100 people but have been given pragmatic feedback on the words used in the electrical section. BISHTA strongly recommends the use of an earth electrode or earth mat for properties that do not already offer this type of earthing arrangement. There is a new section on energy efficiency to take note of some of the content in BS EN 17125. This section is expected to evolve as this important topic of sustainability grows ever more popular with customers wanting energy efficient products.
The revision of the BISHTA Standards has only been possible thanks to the hard work of the Technical Committee and other volunteer contributors.
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