Pool Health and Safety Awards

Staff of the Licensed Establishment Program of Lewis and Clark Public Health presented the annual “Gold and Silver Buoy Awards” on April 25, 2019, to operators who have made exceptional efforts to maintain clean, safe, and healthy swimming pools and spa environments.

This year's awards were based on inspections conducted by public sanitarians in 2018.

Award Winners

Gold Buoy Awards were presented to:

  • Capital City Health Club (lap pool)

  • City of East Helena (Kennedy Park swimming pool)

  • City of Helena (Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool splash deck)

  • Helena Holiday Inn Express (pool)
  • Shodair Hospital (pool)

 

Silver Buoy Awards were presented to:

  • Capital City Health Club (recreational pool and spa)

  • City of Helena (Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool lazy river)

  • Helena Family YMCA (pool)

  • Holiday Inn Express (spa)

  • Leisure Village Mobile Home Park (pool and spa)

“Our purpose in doing inspections is to prevent disease and injury by evaluating water quality, clarity, and facility safety,” said Laurel Riek, supervisor of the health department’s Licensed Establishment Program. “Operating a pool or spa is complicated and requires specialized training, as well as time and attention. These awards honor those facilities that maintain safe and comfortable water chemistry even with the challenges of sporadic heavy use, ventilation in indoor areas, and weather in outdoor areas.”

Award Criteria

To qualify for a Buoy Award, operators had to meet these criteria:

  • Few to no violations identified during an inspection

  • Water chemistry that’s comfortable and safe for swimmers

  • Good water clarity

  • Safe water temperatures (spas)

  • Required rescue equipment, lifeguards (if needed), and CPR certification

  • Regular monitoring, corrective action, and well-maintained records that track water chemistry and actions taken to maintain the pool (including closing the pool until it’s safe for swimmers)

  • Staff trained in pool operation

  • Adequate ventilation and indoor air quality

“Gold Buoy winners have to have complete records and monitoring and no more than two noncritical violations during an inspection, and that’s a standard that’s difficult to meet,” Riek said.  “Silver Buoy winners must have almost complete records of monitoring and minimal violations. The expectation is that pools are maintained every day to prevent waterborne illness.”

Pool Health and Safety Awards

Staff of the Licensed Establishment Program of Lewis and Clark Public Health presented the annual “Gold and Silver Buoy Awards” on April 25, 2019, to operators who have made exceptional efforts to maintain clean, safe, and healthy swimming pools and spa environments.

This year's awards were based on inspections conducted by public sanitarians in 2018.

Award Winners

Gold Buoy Awards were presented to:

  • Capital City Health Club (lap pool)

  • City of East Helena (Kennedy Park swimming pool)

  • City of Helena (Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool splash deck)

  • Helena Holiday Inn Express (pool)
  • Shodair Hospital (pool)

 

Silver Buoy Awards were presented to:

  • Capital City Health Club (recreational pool and spa)

  • City of Helena (Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool lazy river)

  • Helena Family YMCA (pool)

  • Holiday Inn Express (spa)

  • Leisure Village Mobile Home Park (pool and spa)

“Our purpose in doing inspections is to prevent disease and injury by evaluating water quality, clarity, and facility safety,” said Laurel Riek, supervisor of the health department’s Licensed Establishment Program. “Operating a pool or spa is complicated and requires specialized training, as well as time and attention. These awards honor those facilities that maintain safe and comfortable water chemistry even with the challenges of sporadic heavy use, ventilation in indoor areas, and weather in outdoor areas.”

Award Criteria

To qualify for a Buoy Award, operators had to meet these criteria:

  • Few to no violations identified during an inspection

  • Water chemistry that’s comfortable and safe for swimmers

  • Good water clarity

  • Safe water temperatures (spas)

  • Required rescue equipment, lifeguards (if needed), and CPR certification

  • Regular monitoring, corrective action, and well-maintained records that track water chemistry and actions taken to maintain the pool (including closing the pool until it’s safe for swimmers)

  • Staff trained in pool operation

  • Adequate ventilation and indoor air quality

“Gold Buoy winners have to have complete records and monitoring and no more than two noncritical violations during an inspection, and that’s a standard that’s difficult to meet,” Riek said.  “Silver Buoy winners must have almost complete records of monitoring and minimal violations. The expectation is that pools are maintained every day to prevent waterborne illness.”