CDC posts Regulatory Program Administration Model Aquatic Health Code Module for public comment with a closing date of February 5, 2012.
The Regulatory Program Administration module for the MAHC was posted on December 7, 2011, for public comment. The Regulatory Program Administration Program Module follows a best practice and research-based protocol to ensure the AQUATIC FACILITY is operating safely. The guidance reflected in this module promotes all parties working together from the initial building permits to the code enforcement process. The Regulatory Module contains requirements for but not limited to:
- Establishment of an independent Aquatic Health Advisory Committee
- Delineation of imminent aquatic health hazards and corresponding remediation and enforcement procedures
- Establishment of facility staffing requirements based on facility size and type
- Trained operators required for all facilities
- Outlines facilities requiring on-site vs. off-site operators
- Aquatic facility operator training
- Plans and permits guidelines
- Recordkeeping requirements
- Swimmer empowerment methods
The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) effort began in February 2005 and the latest round of modules is being published for public comment. The MAHC will have a significant impact on the aquatic industry and we strongly encourage all industry members to take an active role in providing meaningful feedback to develop the best possible result. To view the latest updates regarding the Model Aquatic Health Code go to www.chh2o.com/MAHC.
The first industry standard was issued in 1958. In the subsequent 50 years, there have been at least 50 different state codes and many independent county codes. What was required in one jurisdiction may be illegal in another. It is clear that this historic approach is not working. Thus, the National Swimming Pool Foundation took a leadership position and provided funding to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the creation of the MAHC. The MAHC is intended to transform the patch work of industry codes into a data-driven, knowledge-based, risk reduction effort to prevent disease, injuries and promote healthy water experiences.