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Mini-MAHCs - Topic Specific Packages of MAHC Code and Resources

Mini-MAHCs - Topic Specific Packages of MAHC Code and Resources
Speaker(s): 
Thursday, October 17, 2019
1:30 pm–2:20 pm

Swimming and other water-related activites are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. However, outbreaks of recreational ater illnesses have increaded significaltly over the last several decades and drowning and near-drowning and pool-related chemical injuries continue to occur. This makes it important that public pools and spas are designed, constructed, operated, and inspected to keep swimmers healthy and safe. In the United States, there is no federal regulatory agency that regulates aquatic facilities. To assist state and local agencies, CDC partnered with public health, indudustry and academic partners to develop the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) to prevent drowning, injuries, and the spread of recreational water illneses at public swimming pools and spas. The MAHC is a voluntary guidance document based on science and best practicies that can help local and state authorities and the aquatics sector make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries. The MAHC guidelines are all-inclusive and address the design, construction, iperation, maintenance, policies, and management of public aquatic facilities. But the MAHC is a large document that can be quite overwhelming and intimidating for some decision-makers. Mini-MAHCs have been developed to help make the MAHC more concise and easier to use, and to tackle a particular public health concern at an aquatic venue. Mini-MAHCs link directly to content in the Code Language and Annex documents, and allows an operator/inspector/regulator to quickly locate information to address aspects specific to a certain area of safe pool operation and management. Only the relevant sections of the MAHC are presented to not only help solve a problem, but to also prevent future illness and injury. Mini-MAHCs allow for a faster answer to an exact question, and focuses on where the MAHC is most progressive and forward-thinking for change towards prevention and risk reduction.