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Chemical Hazards

Chemical hazards found in the swimming pool may come from the source water, disinfectants, sweat, urine, soap residues, cosmetics, suntan oil from the swimmers, and air pollutants. Chemical disinfectants may interact with chemicals present in the water to produce unhealthy byproducts. Chemicals may be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through dermal contact. A frequent problem is respiratory concerns and eye irritation, especially from pool treatment chemicals.

Pool chemical storage areas and pump rooms, which are typically in confined areas, may create hazards for the staff and individuals using the pool facilities. Spills of hazardous chemicals may occur. Gas tanks may leak. Poor lighting can result in improper use of the chemicals. Outdated chemicals may deteriorate and create potential hazards. Slick surfaces can be the cause of falls. Incompatible chemicals in storage if mixed improperly can lead to fires and explosions especially if stored in areas with flammable materials such as gasoline, oil, grease, and solvents, etc. Improper handling of the chemicals when introducing them into the water can result in serious skin conditions, and problems of the respiratory tract, eyes, nose, and throat.

 
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