Advice and Guidance to all Hot Tub Users Hot Tubs and your Health – What you need to know The Risks to Hot Tub Users Recent incidents have connected hot tubs with Legionnaire’s Disease, which is caused by legionella, a newly identified bacterium, borne in water droplets and which can cause illness if inhaled. Legionella bacteria thrive on solids in water at temperatures between 20 – 45 deg C.
As a result, Regulations (2012) governing the provision of Hot Tubs for Hire have laid down Advice and Guidance for both the Hot Tub Owner and the User. At Hot Tubs for Hire we are complying with the Regulations to the best of our ability in order to minimize the risks and a copy of our Risk Assessment may be seen upon application. Our hot tubs are kept disinfected, and pH levels are monitored before we leave your premises. The Hot Tubs are emptied and cleaned and disinfected between rentals. That’s our bit.
We are confident there is no reason why our Hot Tubs should not be safe to use, providing also in the interests of hygiene and safety that every bather reads, understands and complies with the Advice and Guidance given below. Advice and Guidance to Hot Tub Users Because of the high temperature of Hot Tub water (37 – 40 deg C) if Users do not take great care about how they use the Hot Tub, they will very quickly create an environment containing solids in which legionella and other bacteria can breed.
Some people are more susceptible than others.
- Bathers must not wear lotions, oils, makeup or skin creams in the hot tub.
- Bathers must use the toilet and shower before entering the hot tub.
- Bathers must not use the hot tub if they have had diarrhoea within the last 14 days.
- Bathers are discouraged from swallowing the hot tub water.
- It is recommended that bathers do not exceed 15 minutes immersion at a time.
- Bathers must not exceed the maximum number permitted in the hot tub.
- Children under four must not use the spa pool.
- Children (and others) who are unable to keep their faces out of the water must not use the hot tub.
- All other children using the hot tub must be supervised.
- Babies’ nappies must not be changed beside the hot tub.
- No incontinent person may use the hot tub, either with or without a waterproof nappy.
- It is recommended that the hot tub is not used after a heavy meal or while under the influence of alcohol or sedatives.
- Intended users suffering from diseases of the heart and circulation, skin conditions, are immuno-suppressed, subject to fits, or taking drugs affecting the cardiovascular or nervous systems, should not use the hot tub without first seeking medical advice.
- Pregnant women are advised to consult with their doctor before using a hot tub.
- DO Brush any mud/grit from your feet before entering the water
- DO NOT Use oils, soaps or any detergent in the water
- DO NOT Use bathroom towels for the Hot Tub.
- DO NOT Use glassware in the Tub.
- DO NOT Eat food or Smoke in the Tub
- DO NOT Introduce mud, stones, sticks, grit etc into the water
- DO NOT Jump into the water or play ball games
- DO NOT Sit, stand or lie on the lid of the Hot Tub at any time; or allow children on the lid. Very Important – Please Note.