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Provisions of Shanghai Municipality on Swimming Place Services

Article 1

In order to earnestly do a good job of swimming place services in this Municipality and ensure swimmers’health and safety, and in accordance with laws, regulations and national standards of the People’s Republic of China“Conditions and Technical Requirements for Sports Place Services (Part I: Swimming Places)”(hereinafter referred to as the“Technical Requirements”), these Provisions are formulated.

Article 2

These Provisions shall apply to the swimming places within this Municipality’s administrative area.

The“swimming places”mentioned in these Provisions refer to artificial indoor or outdoor swimming places, swimming halls or water play pools that are open to the public, and natural waters such as river, lake or sea and equipment and facilities thereof that are open to the public.

Article 3

A swimming place open to the public shall be good for bodies and minds of the broad masses of the people and beneficial to the construction of socialist spiritual civilization.

Swimming place services shall follow the principles of administration according to law, in a localized way, and by legal persons.

Article 4

The Shanghai Municipal Sports Bureau (hereinafter referred to as the“SMSB”) is the competent administrative department of the swimming places in this Municipality and shall administrate the swimming places in the whole Municipality according to law. The district/county administrative departments of sports shall be responsible for the daily administration of the swimming places in their respective administrative areas.

The social sports guidance and service organs, swimming associations and swimming lifesaving associations in this Municipality shall, according to their relevant functions and duties and the provisions of their constitutions, do a good job of guidance and service work of swimming places.

Article 5

The Municipal Joint Meeting for Swimming Place Services in Summer, composed of the departments of sports, education, public security, pubic health, quality and technology supervision, etc., shall be established. The Municipal Joint Meeting for Swimming Place Services shall mainly be responsible for the work plan of swimming place services and shall guide and coordinate the relevant departments and associations in doing a good job of supervision and services.

The district/county may establish corresponding guidance and coordination organs by referring to the municipal joint meeting system.

Article 6

The municipal and district/county administrative departments of sports shall be cooperative with their relevant departments to do a good job of inspection in strict accordance with the“Technical Requirements”.

Article 7

The planning, construction and administration of swimming places shall be in conformity with the provisions of the State relating to urban planning, construction, public health, and design standards for sports discipline.

Article 8

An artificial indoor or outdoor swimming place open to the public shall satisfy the following conditions:

1. The water surface area of a newly-built artificial indoor swimming pool (a single pool) shall not be less than 100 square meters. The wall and bottom of the pool shall be bright and clean in a light color without water seepage and its construction quality shall meet the requirement of the State standards for construction.

2. There shall be conspicuous water depth signs and warning marks for deep and shallow water areas on the surface of the pool, or a conspicuous isolation belt between deep and shallow water. The depth of water in the shallow water area shall not be more than 1.2 meters. There shall be at least two entrance-exit ladders provided for the swimming pool with a surface area of not more than 500 square meters and four entrance-exit ladders for the swimming pool with a surface area of not less than 2000 square meters.

3. There shall be non-slip walkways around the swimming pool and there shall be drainage ditches between the swimming pool and the non-slip walkways. There shall be safety protection nets for water spouts in the swimming pool.

4. The water and air hygiene must be in conformity with the provisions of State standards. There shall be recirculating water purification and sterilizing equipment that are with certificates of quality issued by qualified quality-inspection agencies. Where chlorination disinfection is adopted, protective measures shall be taken. There shall be disinfection ponds for feet soaking that the swimmers have to pass between the locker rooms and the walkways of the swimming pool.

5. The surface of the swimming pool shall have not less than 80 lux of illumination. The swimming pool open in evenings shall be equipped with enough emergency lights and have the entrance, exit and evacuation passage that meet construction standards.

6. The special equipment in the swimming pool, if any, shall be in conformity with the provisions of the relevant laws and regulations.

7. Being in conformity with other provisions of State standards.

Article 9

A natural swimming place open to the public shall satisfy the following conditions:

1. The water surface area shall not be less than 1000 square meters. There shall be signs to indicate the dangerous area and effective safety protection nets. And there shall be a command (lookout) stand from which the whole swimming area can be supervised. The distance between two elevated lifeguard stands shall be less than or shall be equal to 100 meters and the height of lifeguard stands shall not be less than two meters. There shall be broadcasting and communication facilities.

2. The illuminance on the water surface of the swimming pool shall satisfy the need of lifesaving safety.

3. There shall be no obstacles such as branches and stumps of trees, reeves and pollution sources on the water bottom. The speed of water flow shall not be more than 0.5 m/s.

4. The water hygiene shall be in conformity with the provisions of State standards.

5. Being in conformity with other provisions of State standards.

Article 10

There shall be at least two elevated lifeguard stands provided for an artificial swimming pool with a surface area of less than 250 square meters; on this basis, one more lifeguard stand shall be provided for a further increase of every 250 square meters of surface area or less pro rata. The height of the lifeguard stands shall not be less than 1.5 meters.

Article 11

The number of swimmers shall be limited by the standard that the swimming area shall not be less than 2.5 square meters per swimmer in average in an artificial swimming pool and 4 square meters in a natural swimming pool.

Article 12

A swimming place shall normalize the service contents. Its promised service items, matters needing attention for swimmers and other necessary safety warnings shall be put to the conspicuous places of its gates or entrances.

Article 13

A swimming place shall institute and perfect normalized safety and health administration systems, be equipped with full-time personnel or special posts and designate special persons to make inspections and checks. The persons in charge of the swimming place and the persons engaged in teaching, lifesaving, water quality, medical matters, physical examination, etc. shall, according to relevant laws, regulations and trade provisions, attend professional training and obtain corresponding certificates of competence.

A swimming place shall do a good job of inspecting the acute conjunctivitis of swimmers before swimming and putting eye drops after swimming. The heath administration shall be strengthened to prevent the spread of disease.

The clothes worn by all staff at swimming places shall bear distinct marks.

Article 14

A swimming place shall, according to the“Technical Requirements”, be equipped with lifeguards, lifesaving facilities, first-aid rooms, first-aid medicines, etc., formulate a pre-determined rescue scheme for injury accidents and institute a rescue and delivery system for drowning persons.

A natural swimming place shall be equipped with, besides lifeguards, patrol and lifesaving ships/boats and communication facilities that correspond with their water surface areas.

Article 15

Where there is any typhoon or thunderstorm or waters are polluted and swimming activities are impropriate, an artificial outdoor swimming place or a natural swimming place shall stop the sale of tickets, timely dissuade swimmers from swimming and guide them to get into the safety area.

Article 16

Any person that enters a swimming place to go swimming shall hold an effective health certificate for swimming and comply with the following provisions:

1. Obeying the command of the lifeguards and carrying out activities within a prescribed time and areas.

2. Abiding by the code of conduct in public places and administrative rules governing activities in the swimming place.

The swimming place shall put up notices that any patient with hepatitis, heart disease, skin tinea or rash (including feet tinea), severe trachoma, acute conjunctiva, otitis media, infectious intestinal disease or mental disease or any heavy drinker shall be banned from entering the swimming place to go swimming.

Article 17

A system in which certificates for swimming in the deep water area are examined shall be implemented step by step in artificial swimming places. A swimmer may enter the deep water area to go swimming upon passing the examination for swimming in deep water. Examination procedures on certificates for deep water swimming shall be formulated by the Municipal Swimming Associations.

Article 18

Where a major injury accident such as drowning occurs, the swimming place shall report such an accident to the district/county administrative department of sports in its locality within one hour after the injured person is sent to hospital for emergency treatment, and inform the district/county department of public security in its locality as prescribed. The district/county administrative department of sports shall report to the SMSB within one hour upon receiving the report from the swimming place and submit a written report within 48 hours.

Where an accident that is detrimental to health occurs, the swimming place shall, within 24 hours, report to the district/county administrative department of public heath.

Article 19

The administrative departments of sports shall implement a supervision and guidance system for swimming place services. The supervision and guidance staff shall make inspection tour of and give instructions to swimming places and put forward improvement opinions and suggestions for their services.

The SMSB shall be responsible for the supervision and guidance work of swimming place services and the formulation of specific implementation procedures thereof.

Article 20

Where any swimmer, in violation of Article 16 of these Provisions, affect the health or safety of other swimmers, he/she shall be handled according to the relevant provisions; in case that the accident injury is caused by himself/herself, he/she himself/herself shall bear the liability.

Article 21

Where any swimming place violates the provisions of the law, rules and regulations on sports, public security, fire fighting, public heath, city appearance and sanitation, quality and technology supervision, etc., the departments of sports, public security, public health, city appearance and sanitation, quality and technology supervision, etc. shall handle such violations according to law.

Article 22

These Provisions shall become effective from the date of promulgation. 

 

 

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