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Hygiene and safety at swimming locations

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Swimming pools and open water swimming locations designated by the Dutch provincial authorities must comply with hygiene and safety regulations. The law imposes minimum requirements on the quality of swimming water. Provincial authorities may impose additional requirements, such as a duty to inform the public about legionella prevention at your swimming venue. If you are planning to refurbish your swimming pool, you may apply to the provincial authorities for an exemption from the regulations for this period.

Hygiene regulations

There are hygiene regulations covering:

  • swimming and bathing water
  • the number of showers and toilets and their layout
  • the materials used
  • the number of visitors

You must have the quality of the water in your swimming pool checked by a laboratory with a quality control system based on the European standard NEN-EN-ISO/IEC 17025 or a similar standard. If stainless steel parts are being used in your swimming venue, you must have the material tested for chlorine resistance before 1 July 2017. If it proves to be not chlorine proof, you must have it replaced with a safer material.

Safety regulations

Regulations aimed at guaranteeing the safety of the visitors cover the following subjects:

  • first aid equipment
  • the signs showing the depth
  • the materials used
  • supervision

Safe & Clean Mark

The Safe & Clean MarkExternal link (Keurmerk Veilig & Schoon), issued by the Swimming Pool Hallmark Foundation (Stichting Zwembadkeur), certifies that your swimming pool complies with the statutory regulations and fulfils the quality requirements concerning hygiene and safety.

Online application procedure via Message Box

At the province of Noord-Brabant you can also use Message Box to apply digitally for a temporary exemption from the hygiene and safety regulations for bathing establishments. This also applies to information on the prevention of legionella in bathing establishments. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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