Hygiene and safety at swimming locations

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Swimming pools and open water swimming locations designated by the Dutch provincial authorities must comply with hygiene and safety regulations. The law sets minimum requirements for the quality of swimming water. Provincial authorities may have additional requirements, such as a duty to inform the public about legionella prevention at your swimming venue.

Swimming in open water

If you operate a recreational lake, you must follow the rules for open water swimming locations. For instance, you can only operate the location between 1 May and 1 October, and you must have the water tested regularly. The Dutch-language website Zwemwater.nl has more information on hygiene and safety in natural swimming locations.

Hygiene regulations for swimming pools

There are hygiene regulations covering:

  • swimming and bathing water
  • number of showers and toilets and their layout
  • materials used
  • number of visitors at any one time

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 you are planning to refurbish your swimming pool, you may apply to the provincial authorities for an exemption from the regulations for this period.

Regulations for safety of visitors

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

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

Safe & Clean Quality Mark

The Swimming Pool Hallmark Foundation (Stichting Zwembadkeur) issues the Safe & Clean Quality Mark (Keurmerk Veilig & Schoon, in Dutch). With this quality mark, you prove that your swimming pool meets the hygiene and safety regulations and quality requirements.

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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