Researchers have determined how airborne contaminants are created when chlorine reacts with sweat and urine in indoor swimming pools. These “volatile disinfection byproducts” can cause respiratory irritation.
Standard tests for swimming pool water look for inorganic byproducts. This new research is the first to identify the presence of organic byproducts which become airborne and pose health concerns.
There have been many documented cases of people becoming ill after breathing contaminants at improperly maintained indoor swimming pools.