Warning issued about toxic chemicals in swimming pool

Thursday, 06 December, 2018

Warning issued about toxic chemicals in swimming pool

Toxic chemicals have been inadvertently released at a Picton public swimming pool in Sydney.

Safework NSW has issued an urgent safety warning after a worker at the swimming pool incorrectly mixed chemicals, releasing toxic chlorine gas and injuring several swimming pool patrons.

Preliminary findings indicate the two chemicals were a chlorine-releasing salt called dry chlorine and sodium bisulfate. For safe results, each of these chemicals should be released in opposite ends of the pool.

However, it appears both chemicals were released in the same area, which resulted in a chemical reaction.

Better Regulation Division Deputy Secretary Rose Webb said with the temperature rising and more families visiting their local pool, it’s timely to remind workers that pool chemicals can cause reactions if mixed incorrectly.

“Pool chemicals do not pose a risk if they are used and stored correctly,” Webb said.

“It is vital that workers are always provided with clear instructions for tasks involving hazardous chemicals. Workers should also be regularly assessed to make sure they’re competent in these potentially dangerous tasks.

“Members of the public using local pools should get out immediately if they notice any signs of skin rash, headache, breathing problems, nausea or eye irritation and follow first aid instructions.”

Anyone with concerns can contact the Poisons Information Line on 131 136, or if it’s an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

More information and a full copy of the safety alert are available via www.safework.nsw.gov.au.

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