Requirements for CPR and Warning Signs

By June 22, 2020Pool Safety

Written by QBCC QLD Admin and published on

CPR signs mandatory in pool areas. You must have a cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign displayed near your pool or spa that complies with ‘Guideline 8—cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in January 2016.

L&V Pools supply a CPR sign as part of your handover package and recommend you install it immediately to meet safety requirements.

To comply with pool safety laws and achieve pool safety certification, homeowners and businesses who have pools, who are selling or renting a property with a pool, or are installing a new pool, must install a CPR sign.

CPR and warning signs

If you have a pool, you must display a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign prominently.

If you’re building a new pool, you must display a warning sign during construction and a CPR sign when it’s completed.

CPR signs

Signage requirements

If you’re replacing a CPR sign, ensure it:

  • is attached to the pool’s safety barrier or displayed near the pool, so a person near the pool can see it easily
  • is at least 300mm x 300mm in size
  • is made of durable and weatherproof material
  • includes a prominent statement explaining how to act in an emergency (e.g. call Triple Zero (000), stay with the injured person, provide first aid).

CPR signs bought and displayed after 1 January 2017

From 1 January 2017, any new or replacement CPR signs must show how to perform CPR in line with the technique published in ANZCOR Guideline 8 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (PDF), published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in January 2016.

CPR signs bought and displayed before 1 January 2017

You can continue to use an existing CPR sign until it becomes illegible if it both:

  • was purchased and displayed before 1 January 2017
  • complies with Guideline 7 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, published by the Australian Resuscitation Council in January 2016.

However, once you replace this sign, it must now comply with the requirements mentioned above.

Warning signs

If you’re building a swimming pool, you must display a sign stating it’s under construction before construction starts.

The warning sign must:

  • warn people that a swimming pool is under construction and there is a danger to young children accessing the land (e.g. ‘Danger. Swimming pool under construction. Keep children out.’)
  • be placed within 1.5m of the land’s road frontage
  • be mounted so the bottom of the sign is at least 300mm above ground level
  • be positioned so it’s visible from the road
  • be made of weatherproof material
  • have the warning written in bold text at least 50mm high.

If the land has more than one road frontage, you only need a warning sign on one.

This requirement doesn’t apply to portable pools that don’t require a building approval.

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