Poolsafe Post Notifiable Checklist
Recreation Aotearoa and Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) recognise there is a need to support aquatic facility owners, managers, and staff if a notifiable event occurs.
A notifiable event is any of the following events:
- a death,
- notifiable illness or injury,
- a notifiable incident.
WorkSafe has definitions of notifiable events and explanations of each here
We can offer support and advice if a notifiable event occurs at an aquatic facility.
Notifiable Event Review
Recreation Aotearoa recommends an independent and objective review of notifiable events at facilities. These can be done by your organisation's health and safety staff or by an independent organisation. We can link you with an independent organisation that can conduct these reviews.
If a review is conducted, a visit to the facility will occur to gather information. An impartial report will be constructed based on the findings, and the report will be provided to the facility manager confidentially.
It is beneficial that key findings from these reviews are shared with Recreation Aotearoa to help illustrate and improve aquatics industry best practice, without mention of the specific facility and people involved. These findings will improve the industry's ability to track notifiable incident trends and enable facilities to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
Annual Incident Reviews
Facilities that are members of the Poolsafe Scheme are required to provide information for the Annual Incident Review.
This information is very important, and it is critical we have a high return rate to ensure comparability with the statistics from the previous year. All information received is confidential and will only be used as complete industry numbers, and not focused on individual facilities, i.e. 'the total number of visits to Poolsafe Pools was X'.