Updated Pool Code Guidance from CDC

CDC is pleased to announce release of the 2016 Model Aquatic Health Code. This second edition of the MAHC includes important updates to the first edition released in 2014. 

The MAHC offers science-based guidance that government agencies and the aquatic sector can use to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and chemical injuries at public pools and spas at apartment complexes, hotels, and waterparks. 
What’s New?
The 2016 MAHC includes structural changes, clarifying edits, and new or revised provisions in the areas of disinfection and water quality, lifeguarding and bather supervision, risk management and safety, and ventilation and air quality. What you’ll find on the MAHC website:

  • The 2016 MAHC – including model code language and annex with scientific rationale for provisions
  • A summary of key changes and a track changes version with line-by-line edits
  • A MAHC-based inspection form
  • Updated MAHC infographic, factsheet, and other health promotion materials
  • Updated tool to help you compare your pool code and practices to those the MAHC recommends

Get Involved!

  • Explore the MAHC website to check out the 2016 edition and supporting materials.
  • Join the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, which collects and votes on requested MAHC changes to recommend to CDC for final decision.
  • Join the Network for the Model Aquatic Health Code, a community of MAHC users, subject matter experts, and those hoping to learn about the code (includes regular webinars).
  • Help spread the word about the 2016 MAHC by sharing this information with colleagues through email, newsletters, and social media. Example Tweet: Updated pool code guidelines now available in the 2016 Model Aquatic Health Code #MAHC www.cdc.gov/mahc.

Questions? Reach out to Doug Sackett, Executive Director of the CMAHC.


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