02 Oct Why it’s Important to Vote on the Model Aquatic Health Code
Aquatic safety experts and other interested parties from across the nation will be gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona this October 6-7 for Vote on the Code 2015, a two-day conference which will outline proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).
What is the Model Aquatic Health Code?
A document written over the past several years by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the MAHC sets voluntary standards for all aquatic venues to help prevent drowning, injuries, and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas. It does not apply to private pools and spas in homes or backyards. For 7 years, the CDC worked with representatives from public health, academia, and the aquatics industry representatives across the United States to develop the MAHC.
Before CDC released the MAHC, various agencies had to do their own research to develop codes to maintain safe pool facilities. Because of this, pool codes varied greatly from one area to another. When the Model Aquatic Health Code was released in the summer of 2014, government agencies had access to uniform standards to create or update existing pool codes.
Vote on the Code 2015 attendees, members of the Council on the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC), are a conduit for funneling advice to CDC as well as data-driven, science-based information from public health and aquatic industry experts committed to keeping the MAHC current, sustainable, and easily understood and implemented. CMAHC members will vote on the proposed changes a month after the conference wraps up. A nonprofit group, CMAHC educates local and state authorities, aquatic facility owners, operators, designers, manufacturers, builders and retailers about the MAHC and promotes its updating and voluntary adoption across the U.S.
“Every pool owner, manager, director should be concerned with what is or will end up in the final code. Every pool builder, engineer and designer is aware of this code,” said Laura Grandner, General Manager, AquaClimb®, Frederick, MD.
Grandner is a member of CMAHC and plans to attend the meeting in Scottsdale. AquaClimb designs and manufactures innovative aquatic climbing walls which are installed all over the world. Incidentally, AquaClimb walls have a spotless safety record.
Proposed Changes to the MAHC
Currently in its first edition, MAHC is under review by U.S. state, county and city officials as well as experts in pool building, design and management. The CDC will issue its second edition of the MAHC after reviewing input from the CMAHC.
“As a manufacturer, it is our responsibility to be current on code requirements and educate where necessary. Aquatic climbing walls can be a revenue generating feature by creating a destination for fun at a local public facility, but they must be installed safely. We look forward to offering our expertise in this area,” explained Grandner.
How to Register
CMAHC urges members to further educate themselves about the 157 proposed changes to the MAHC by hearing discussion and rationale during Vote on the Code 2015. Registration to attend is only $220. Vote on the Code 2015 immediately precedes the World Aquatic Health™ Conference in the same location. For CMAHC members unable to attend the meeting in person, the organization is offering a low-cost Live Streaming alternative. Members can watch and participate live from the convenience of a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Teams of people can even view the live stream together in a conference room. The cost for live streaming is $100.00.