Water sanitation hygiene

Guidelines for safe recreational water environments

Boy swimming, India
WHO/SEARO/Sanjit Das

The WHO Guidelines for Safe Recreational Water Environments, and its 2009 addendum updates to Volume 1 describe the present state of knowledge regarding the health hazards and risks associated with the recreational use. Drowning, injury, exposure to cold, heat and sunlight, water quality contaminated by sewage as well as free-living microorganisms specifically addressed along with their control and monitoring and management option.

The Guidelines are intended to be used as the basis for the development of international and national public health approaches (including standards and regulations) to control risks in recreational water environments and provide a framework for local decision-making. The Guidelines may also be used as reference material for industries and operators assessing potential health impacts of developments in recreational water areas.

The Guidelines for Safe Recreational Water Environments are published in two volumes including an addendum to Volume 1.

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