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What’s the latest on the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)?

Blog by:  Tracynda Davis

Most of us have heard about the MAHC. Many have provided comments and participated in one or more technical committees. If you have not heard, the MAHC provides the most comprehensive guidelines on public swimming pool safety. Not only does it cover swimming pools, but also spas, waterparks, and other aquatic facilities.
The CDC has recently posted three more modules on the MAHC for public comment:

  • Facility Design and Construction
  • Contamination Burden
  • Lifeguarding/Bather Supervision

This leaves two left, which are currently in final review by CDC. Once all the modules are posted, they will be combined into one document and open for one last 60 day public comment period. The deadline for public comments for the three modules above is 10/14/12.

To review the modules and submit comments please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/structure-content/

This week, the Network for Public Health Law is hosting a free webinar on the MAHC on August 16 from 1-2:00 PM EST. The first 30 minutes will cover the MAHC, while the second half will cover the legal standard of care. To register go to: http://www.aslme.org/webinar-model-aquatic-health-code

The NSPF hosts the World Aquatic Health™ Conference on October 10-12th. On October 11th, there will be five sessions on specific MAHC modules. For more information and to register for the conference visit:  http://nspf.org/en/Conference/Conference2012.aspx

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