Protecting your business from risk with HSG282 compliance

Published: 30 June 2023

Properly managing and maintaining hot tubs is important for protecting your business from potential risk. Complying with HSG282 is one effective way to reduce this risk and potential legal issue, providing your guests with a safe environment while preventing pathogens such as legionella, e-coli and giardia.

Why is non-compliance with HSG282 a risk?

Non-compliance with HSG282 guidelines is a risk to your business as a potential health and safety concern. This legislation covers steps to prevent sickness through better hygiene, balancing and monitoring processes, including the measurement of pH. A hot tub that doesn't have a balanced and monitored pH can harbour dangerous pathogens, which can cause your staff and guests to become sick with infections and diseases.

What can happen if I don’t comply with HSG282?

Complying with HSG282 is not a legal requirement. However, you may leave yourself liable to potential legal problems if a guest were to become sick after using your hot tub or an employee contracts a disease and your holiday home or rental property is found to be the source of the illnesses.

Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, you must meet a certain health and safety standard on-site. Not only can this be a significant financial burden on your business, but it may also have a negative effect on your reputation. 

What illnesses can be caught from an unclean hot tub?

Using or maintaining an unclean hot tub can lead to exposure to multiple pathogens. These include:

  • Legionella
  • Coliforms
  • Mycobacteria
  • Giardia
  • E-coli
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Enterococci
  • Staphylococcus
  • Pseudomonas
  • Acinetobacter
  • Klebsiella
  • Enterobacter
  • Stenotrophomonas

How to comply with HSG282

1. Read the guidelines

You can find the complete HSE publication here online for free, or our simplified guide provides  all the information on how to pH test water in line with HSG282.

2. Invest in an accurate tester or meter

The right instrumentation ensures you have the correct information to comply with HSG282 swiftly and effectively. A digital pH tester is a good starting point. You may also want to consider automatic pool and hot tub controllers if you're operating multiple hot tubs to save on time and labour.

3. Test consistently

Testing your hot tub water at least twice daily is one of the most important methods for reducing risk. Ensuring you test regularly can help avoid missed windows, keeping your hot tub safe for use and properly balanced.

4. Keep comprehensive records

Five years of recording pH readings and any necessary actions taken to rebalance are an integral part of HSG282 compliance. Keeping digital records allows you to store this information safely and securely, reducing risk.

pH meters and testers for HSG282 compliance

HI-981074 Pool Line pH Tester

This simple tester for HSG282 compliance allows you to ‘dip and check’ the water in one simple step. The HI-981074 is an ideal option for single hot tubs and is fully pocket-sized and portable, making it an easy addition to an existing maintenance routine.

  • Dip and check results
  • Easy to use

HI-971044 Pool Line Multiparameter Photometer

If you need to monitor multiple parameters within your hot tub or you also have a pool, the HI-971044 multiparameter photometer is a convenient and accurate solution. You can measure pH, alkalinity, free chlorine and total chlorine, and cyanuric acid with this single, compact meter.

  • All key pool and hot tub parameters
  • Small and portable for use on multiple sites

BL-122-10 Pool Line pH Controller and Dosing Pump

The BL-122-10 Pool Controller is an ideal solution for automated HSG282 compliance. This innovative instrument monitors and doses the water, ensuring you remain in the correct levels for pH to keep your water safe and pathogen-free.

  • Automated monitoring and dosing
  • Records accessible via Hanna Cloud

Protect your business from risk with HSG282 compliance

The right instrumentation is a strong starting point for HSG282 compliance. Browse our range of pH testers, meters and controllers online today.

Need guidance from hot tub parameter specialists? Contact our experts directly, and we’ll help you find the right solution to reduce your business risk.

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