The Code of conduct for swimming pool safety inspectors (the code) sets out the standards of conduct and professionalism expected of swimming pool safety inspectors (PSIs) in the performance of their pool safety inspection functions.
Section 4 of the code provides that a PSI must not perform a pool safety inspection function where there is the potential for a conflict of interest.
That would include inspecting a pool owned by you and may include inspecting a pool owned by somebody with whom you have a personal, professional, commercial or financial relationship.
A conflict of interest arises when you inspect a fence you have personally worked on, unless the work was minor repairs you were licensed to do. Pool owners commonly ask PSIs to recommend fencing contractors. A potential conflict arises if you inspect fencing work performed by a business in which you have an interest. However, it is acceptable to recommend the services of a contractor, with whom you don’t have a personal, professional, commercial or financial relationship.
It may also affect PSIs who own, operate or are employed by businesses in the swimming pool industry, such as pool shops, pool maintenance businesses and fencing contractors. It is important that these PSIs separate their pool safety inspection functions from their other business functions.
A licensed PSI, who regularly services and maintains a pool, can add value to the service by advising on pool safety compliance, but performing a pool safety inspection function for that customer may give rise to a potential conflict. On the other hand, there is unlikely to be a potential conflict involved in inspecting a pool for an occasional retail customer. Pool shop owners who are also PSIs can protect themselves by declining to perform pool safety inspections for clients, with whom they have ongoing maintenance arrangements.
There is also a potential conflict of interest when a real estate agent or an employee of a real estate agency performs a pool safety inspection function for a pool owner who receives other services from the agency.