From 1 January 2017, all new CPR signs for swimming pools must comply with Guideline 8, published by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).
Existing signage that complies with the earlier guideline (Guideline 7) is acceptable for use while still readable. However, when CPR signs become illegible, they must be replaced with a sign that is compliant with Guideline 8.
Owners can choose to use the new CPR signs now, as pool safety laws have already been updated to reflect the change to signage. Guideline 7 signs are being phased out from 1 January, 2017.
It does not matter if the CPR technique is relayed in more steps than those in the Basic life support diagram below, as long as it includes information that matches the ARC’s recommended technique for CPR.
Other basic requirements for a CPR sign haven’t changed.
The CPR sign must:
- be attached to the safety barrier of the pool or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is conspicuous and easily visible to a person near the pool
- be at least 300mm by 300mm in size
- be made of durable and weatherproof material, and
- include a prominent statement explaining how to act in an emergency (for example, call Triple Zero, stay with the injured person, provide first aid).
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