These are similar to those that apply to a swimming pool but may also take the form of a locked and secure cover that is removed only when the spa pool is in use.
Under Clause 9 of the Swimming Pool Regulation 2008 - if a spa pool does not have a complying swimming pool barrier around it, access to the spa can be secured by way of a lockable child-safe structure (such as a door, lid or security grill) that is:
- of substantial construction and having no opening through which it is possible to pass a testing apparatus (ie: no opening greater than 100mm) and
- fastened to the spa pool by a device that is itself of substantial construction and having no opening through which it is possible to pass a testing apparatus (ie: no opening greater than 100mm), which can effectively restrict access when the spa is not in use.
Lockable means the lock can only be opened by use of a key or tool to undo the latching device. You may purchase replacement spa lid locks or straps and lock (combinations) from spa and/or spa pool shops.
AS2610.2-2007 Private Spas
1.3.23 Spa Pool
A water-retaining structure fitted with filtration and sanitizing equipment, a heater, equipment for creating turbulent water and a skimmer system, normally filled with water except for maintenance purposes, and not intended to be used for swimming
Swimming Pools Act 1992 - Definitions
swimming pool means an excavation, structure or vessel—
(a) that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300 millimetres, and
(b) that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used, for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity, and includes a spa pool, but does not include a spa bath, anything that is situated within a bathroom or anything declared by the regulations not to be a swimming pool for the purposes of this Act.
As a result, any inspections for a spa barrier will be carried out against these definitions.