Changes to Queensland CPR Signage Effective January 2017

By December 20, 2016Info, Pool Safety

As of the 1st of January 2017, all new Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) signs for swimming pools in Queensland must comply with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guideline 8. For more information on Guideline 8, click here.

Existing Signs

If you have existing signage within your pool area that was compliant at the time of the sign installation (Guideline 7), you don’t have to replace them unless the sign becomes illegible. However, when your sign does need to be replaced, it must be compliant with Guideline 8.

CPR Signage Requirements

A compliant CPR sign must:

  • Show the steps to perform CPR per the technique published in ANZCOR Guideline 8 (see link above)
  • Be affixed to the pool fence or near the pool so bystanders and users of the pool can easily view it
  • It must be at least 300 x 300 mm in size
  • Be constructed of a hardy and weatherproof material
  • It must show the steps explaining how to administer help in an emergency (e.g. check for danger, call Triple Zero, provide first aid, etc.)

Warning Signs

Before construction of a new pool begins, a sign stating that a pool is under construction must be displayed.

Requirements include the following:

  • The sign must state in bold text at least 50mm high that there is a pool under construction and to be mindful of children (e.g. DANGER! Swimming Pool Under Construction. Keep Children Out!)
  • It must be mounted so that the bottom of the sign is at least 300mm above ground level
  • It needs to be within 1.5m of the land’s road frontage
  • It needs to be visible from the road
  • The sign needs to be made of a durable, weatherproof material

If the land has access from more than one side, it doesn’t need more than one warning sign. The warning signs do not pertain to portable pools.

For further information on these changes, refer to the QBCC, pool safety guidelines, Chapter 8 of the Building Act 1975 or give us a call with any questions 4054 4588.