The team will give a brief overview of MAHC status, membership and volunteering to improve the MAHC. The session will also discuss change requests: how to submit, possible topics to submit, and what distinguishes a CR that will pass from one that won’t. Joe Laco will then give a summary of the Mini-MAHC’s.
The United States provides no federal agency regulation of aquatic facilities. To assist state and local agencies, the CDC partnered with the public health industry and academia to develop the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) to prevent drowning, injuries, and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas. But the MAHC is a large document that can be quite overwhelming and intimidating for decision-makers. Mini-MAHCs have been developed to help make the MAHC more concise and easier to use and to tackle particular public health concerns at various aquatic venues. Mini-MAHCs link directly to content in the code language and annex documents and allow operators, inspectors, and regulators to quickly locate information and address aspects specific to a certain area of safe pool operation and management. Only relevant sections of the MAHC are presented, not only to help solve particular problems, but also to prevent future illness and injury. Mini-MAHCs allow for faster answers to exact questions and focus on where the MAHC is most progressive and forward-thinking regarding change leading to prevention and risk reduction.