Blue Wave Pools is setting the compliance standard!

For owners and managers of facilities that are regulated by the ADA, the 2010 revisions to the 1991 ADA guidelines to include pools and spas has created a host of challenges in both interpreting and implementing these regulations. Architects, designers, and engineers have also had to reshape their visions and begin to embrace a new concept called “universal design.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) extended the March 2012 deadline to January 31, 2013 for existing pool and spa compliance. This extension does not apply to newly constructed pools or spas, or those going under alterations. The extension for existing pools and spas was issued through DOJ rulemaking and was based on public comments received by affected parties.

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On December 17, 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SSAct) was signed into law.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the Pool and Spa Safety Act. Compliance checks and recalls that are associated with products are responsibilities of the CPSC.

On March 1, 2010, CPSC Commissioners cast a series of votes on the implementation of the Pool and Spa Safety Act, including decisions on the administration and enforcement of the Act.

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To be certain that your facility is compliant, schedule an inspection with BLUE WAVE POOLS today!

There are currently no uniform, national standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools and other treated aquatic facilities. Thus, the code requirements for preventing and responding to recreational water illnesses (RWIs) can vary significantly among local and state agencies.

The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a guideline intended to transform the typical health department pool program into a science-based, risk reduction effort – in a free, public domain – to prevent disease and injuries and promote healthy recreational water experiences. The MAHC should ensure that the best available standards and practices for protecting public health are available for adoption by state and local agencies. It will provide local and state agencies with uniform guidelines for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools and other disinfected aquatic facilities.

The MAHC is being developed as a set of modules on specific topics with multiple opportunities for review and comment by the public and other stakeholders. Each module is developed by the appropriate Technical Committee, approved by the Steering Committee, and posted for public comment for 60 days. The Steering Committee and appropriate Technical Committee(s) review the comments and revise the modules as needed.

Once all the MAHC modules are revised, the entire MAHC will be posted again for another 60-day public comment period to allow reviewers to review sections across modules and check the entire MAHC for completeness. Finally, once this complete version is released, it is anticipated that it will continue to be updated on a periodic and systematic basis to incorporate additional best practices and the latest science.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website hosts all the current information about the MAHC. You can see a listing of each module and which stage it’s currently in.