In this article, Robson Forensic experts in Industrial Hygiene and Aquatics Safety discuss some of the issues relevant to air quality in indoor swimming areas.

​Indoor Air Quality in Natatoriums

Cella natatoriua is Latin of “a swimming pool in its own building”. Residential, commercial, institutional and theme pools located indoors are, therefore, natatoriums. Swimming and water sports are generally considered to be fun, healthy activities for all ages. But what if the air in a natatorium caused serios health problems?

As few as 5 years ago, patrons at indoor pools would say, “I do not small any chlorine. Is this pool safe to swim in?” Thank to the work of agencies such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Swimming Pool Foundation and National Recreation and Park Association, the public is learning that the small of chlorine actually signals a serious problem with the pool water chemistry.

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Featured Expert

Maria Bella, AFOIT, CPOI
Ronald D. Schaible, CIH, CSP, CPE

Mariahas been actively involved in the aquatics industry for over 30 years. She has managed numerous swimming facilities as well as other sporting venues. She is a frequent lecturer at industry conferences, a Lifeguard Instructor, and 1 of only 4 Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor Trainers in the United States. Bella has been conducting forensic investigations for over 5 years and has been qualified in federal and state courts. She is an avid exercise enthusiast and certified master scuba diver.