Pool Chemical Safety
Chemicals used to clean and disinfect pools can be hazardous. Common problems include eye damage, difficulty breathing such as from asthma, and skin burns. These injuries can occur among lifeguards, swimming instructors, maintenance employees, pool supply retail and delivery workers, janitors, and others who work near pools.
Resources on this page can help workers, employers, and pool operators prevent pool injuries and illnesses.
Pool Chemicals and Work-Related Asthma: Information for Workers (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) |
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Vietnamese (PDF) – fact sheet, April 2014
Preventing Asthma from Pool Chemicals – Occupational Health Watch, May 2014
Inhalational Chlorine Injuries at Public Aquatic Venues — California, 2008–2015 - MMWR Report (2017)
Swimming Facilities and Work-Related Asthma – journal article abstract, 2014
Acute illness and injury from swimming pool disinfectants – MMWR Report (2011)
California Code of Regulations (CCR) Public Pool Disinfection Requirements
Model Aquatic Health Code - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Preventing Pool Chemical Injuries - CDC
FAQ: Swimming Pool Product Safety - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety