The nation’s first comprehensive guidelines for public pool operations have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) was published with the collaboration of more than 150 experts (the CDCP, state and local public health departments, the aquatics sector and academic experts) and review of more than 4,400 public comments.
The MAHC offers directions for public pool operators to follow to help ensure swimmers remain healthy and safe. State and local health departments can in-turn use these guidelines when creating or updating their own public pool regulations, which should help standardize procedures nationally. The code provides advice on safe operation of public aquatic facilities, including their design and construction, water filtration and disinfection, safety, ventilation and air quality and staff training.
Per the CDC, all public swimming pool codes and legislation have been historically developed at the state or local level, leading to a great variability in standards. As a result, each locality is required to spend significant amounts of time and resources to updating pool codes regularly. The MAHC is intended to serve as a blueprint for a healthy and safe public swimming environment, and was designed to both help reduce the amount of overhead required by localities in addressing these concerns, as well as bring their resultant policies more in line at the national level.
Healthy Swimming Fast Facts
Swimming in the U.S.
In the United States during 2009, there were approximately 301 million swimming visits each year by persons over the age of six. While swimming is the fourth most popular recreational activity in the United States, it is the most popular recreational activity for children and teens (ages 7-17).
Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs/Spas
Please note that a Microsoft Word version of the MAHC Code and/or Annex can be provided to potential users on request by emailing MAHC@cdc.gov.
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