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Case 65 - Health club only permits over-16s to use jacuzzi, sauna and steam room because of Health and Safety rules

Issue

A Health Club only permits patrons over the age of 16 to use the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The Health Club staff advised that this is because of Health and Safety rules.

Panel decision

There are no Health and Safety laws that set age restrictions on access to these areas. There is however evidence that young children are less able to control body temperature and more susceptible to heat injury. The gym is entitled to set their own age restrictions, however they should be clear about the rationale for doing so rather than simply using "health and safety".

2012-09-27