Rubber Rings and Armbands too Risky for UK Pools!

by VR Sreeraman on  July 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Rubber Rings and Armbands too Risky for UK Pools!
The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) says that swimming equipment such as the rubber ring and armbands are just too risky for use.

The ban comes from none other than the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) which has now laid down new rules.

The officials have also said that staff in the leisure centres will have to undergo training again to conform to the new set of guidelines

However, some find the new rules ridiculous, for the use of the equipments dates back to several decades.

"The time honoured practice of mums and dads blowing up armbands has been going on for decades without people keeling over from contagious illnesses," the Mirror quoted an angry source, as saying.

To meet the new guidelines, every centre has to undertake a thorough check on inflatable equipments and also make a hygiene scheme.

Instructions have also been circulated to educate staff about the risks involved in inflatable swimming gears and to ensure that right band size is given for kids.

"To set up a facility where we could give out armbands would be a very complex operation where all staff would have to be fully trained," The council said.

"This is not health and safety gone mad. It makes sense. If you are giving armbands to children you have a responsibility to make sure they're fit for purpose," The ISRM said.

Source: ANI

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I am the Business Development Manager for the ISRM the above comments are completely out of context and amount to media sensationalism. The ISRM has not banned Armbands and our guidelines have been in place since 2003, we have simply issued guidance to ensure the safety of children including ensuring the armbands fit, are clean and functional, if a child dies as a result of not following guidelines will this also be sensational?
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