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Why Should Holiday Let Hot Tubs Be HSG282 Compliant?

Having a glamping site, holiday lodge or any other relaxation location is great for hosting people, but what makes it even better is by adding a hot tub to your guest’s experience.

However, if you are going to use hot tubs then they need to be HSG282 compliant, so if you don’t already know what HSG282 compliance is and why you should be business needs to be compliant, then keep reading.


What is HSG282 and why is it important for my holiday business?

A hot tub can be a really big attraction to pull in new customers and guests to your holiday business, however, it’s not just a matter of getting your hot tub and then doing it. If you have a hot tub as part of your service then there are certain rules and guidelines that you have to follow.

Unfortunately with hot tubs there are risks of infection and certain infectious bacteria growing in them, to combat this there was some legislation was introduced. So in 2017 HSG282 guidance was published by the Health and Safety Executive to control legionella and infectious bacteria in spa-pool systems.

Originally this guidance was covered in the document Management of Spa and Pools and this is still included in the HSG282 guidance.

The guidance was specifically published for holiday let hot tub owners and for their businesses. So if you are a holiday resort owner then it’s important that you follow this guidance to ensure that you not only protect your guest, but protect yourself. There aer some key things that you need to do to ensure that you are compliant with these guidelines.

Holiday Parks - Privately Owned Units

If there is no financial gain in a privately owned hot tub unit and it is used for family and occasional guests then this guidance does not necessarily apply to you. However, the hot tub or spa pool should still be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines.

Holiday Parks - Site Owner's Duties

Under section 3 of the HSW Act, employers or self-employed persons have a duty to ensure that they aren’t exposing people who are not employees to health and safety risks. This means that the site owner should:

For private owners – liaise with the owner to ensure the safe use and maintenance of the hot tub and direct them to relevant information and guidance, including the manufacturers’ instructions, on its safe use and the risks posed to both themselves and to others from legionella.

For the sale and rental of spa pools and hot tubs on site – take reasonable steps to ensure the risk of exposure from infectious agents, including legionella, is understood, managed, and controlled. This would be considered part of the site owner’s business undertaking.

Domestic-type hot tubs - privately owned

Spa pools or hot tubs installed in domestic homes or privately-owned properties (for example, in a private holiday home) for which there is no financial gain, i.e. they are not available for rent or let and are for the exclusive use of the owner, family and occasional guests, and are not subject to the HSW Act. The operational use of such systems does not, therefore, fall within the scope of this guidance.

Domestic-type hot tubs - used as a business activity

Domestic-type spa pools or hot tubs used as part of business activity (eg in a holiday park rental unit or hotel bedroom(s) with their own dedicated spa, or as part of a rental agreement for a single-family or group use) are subject to the general duties under the HSW Act. There is a legal requirement for these systems to be managed and controlled in proportion to the risk and the risk assessment should consider the type of pool and its use. Domestic-type spa pools are for use by a small, discrete group of people at any one time and are typically:

While it is only possible for courts to give an authoritative interpretation of the law when considering the application of health and safety legislation, HSE and local authority (LA) inspectors expect employers to follow the guidance in the ACOP or be able to demonstrate compliance with the law in some other way.

How Do I Ensure My Hot Tub Is HSG282 Compliant?

To keep your hot tub HSG282 complaint there are some very specific things that you need to follow. Here are some of the compliance legislation key points:

  • Inline disinfectant feeder: It’s important that your dosing control system has the correct treatment levels when it is using bromine or chlorine, to check this it is recommended that you test and record your disinfected levels at least twice daily.
  • Water capacity: There should also be a limit on how many people can bathe in a certain amount of water. For example, there should be at least 250 litres of water per bather and it should not exceed this guidance.
  • No headrests: Headrests are common on domestic hot tubs but can harbour germs and bacteria. They can also break easily, which is not ideal for a holiday let.
  • 24-hour filtration: A 24-hour filtration system is necessary to ensure adequate water clarity can be maintained through the removal of suspended particulate matter/debris in the water.
  • A written record of water testing: chemical and microbiological testing regime, including frequency, operating parameters, and actions when the results are outside parameters.

What is the guidance for hot tubs in a business setting?

There are some circumstances whenever hot tubs are in business settings, but it’s important to know what you should do if you find yourself in this situation. The HSE has guidance on what kind of maintenance checks and the typical resources are needed for domestic hot tub settings:

At least twice daily

  • Test pH residual disinfectant level of water with a suitable test kit.
  • Record results.
  • Check water clarity.
  • Add chemicals as required.
  • Record action is taken.



  • Clean water line and acrylic surfaces with Spa  Surface Cleaner.
  • Check skimmer basket, clean & remove debris.
  • Check in-line chemical feeder (if applicable), refill with sanitiser if required.


Between each group of users or at least weekly, whichever is shorter

  • Empty the hot tub completely of water.
  • Clean headrests and cover inside and out.
  • Inspect handrail and access steps.
  • Refill with water and shock dose with rapid shock to achieve a free chlorine level of 10 ppm (mg/l) for 1 hour.
  • Test freshwater pH & sanitiser level. Balance water. Record results & add chemicals as required.
  • Record action is taken.
  • Replace cartridge filter with clean/dry filter



  • Clean/remove jets.
  • Purge spa pipework with Hot Tub Flush or use Spa Super Cleanse after heavy use or poor test results
  • Send water sample to UKAS approved laboratory for Microbiological Test.



  • Send water sample to UKAS approved laboratory for Legionella Test



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