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CDC Issues New Model Aquatic Health Code Image

CDC Issues New Model Aquatic Health Code

09.12.2016

Aquatics International | By Rebecca Robledo | August 2016

The second edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code has been released, marking changes from minor to substantial, and raising at least one major question that will be explored for the next revision. This marks the first revision of the landmark federal model code for commercial aquatics facilities. For this code, a committee called the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAH…

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Emergency Pool Phone Legislation Moves Forward

09.12.2016

Aquatics International | Dana Robinson | August 2016

Two Massachusetts citizens are advocating legislation to require no-dial emergency phones near hotel and motel pools. Vivian Wicks, who lost her long-time partner and the father of her children in 2010 from "complications of a near-drowning," has been working in conjunction with Peter Ainsworth, the family’s attorney. Charlie Perkins was swimming with three of his children, all…

Lessons from Rio: Five Things the Aquatics Industry Can Learn from the Olympics Image

Lessons from Rio: Five Things the Aquatics Industry Can Learn from the Olympics

09.12.2016

Aquatics International | By Nate Traylor | August 2016

For better or worse, the Summer Olympics in Rio had the whole world talking about aquatics. Certainly, the quadrennial sporting event offered a number of teachable moments for the industry. But it wasn’t all bad. There were some truly inspirational highlights that defined competitive swimming as one of the most thrilling spectator sports of them all. Here, aquatics pros weigh i…

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Creating an OSHA Compliant Exposure Control Plan

09.07.2016

Word Waterpark Magazine | Larry Newell | September 2016

THE PURPOSE of OSHA’S 29 CFR 1910.1030 Standard, commonly referred to as the blood borne pathogens (BBP) standard, is to protect employees who work in occupations where they are at risk of exposure from contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, including bodily fluids such as vomit or perspiration. This standard requires employers to develop a written plan that ex…

Minnesota Adopts Pool Code Rule Changes

09.07.2016

On June 27, 2016 the Minnesota Department of Health adopted rule changes to the Swimming Pool Code. These much needed changes give more flexibility to operators and simplify the Pool Water Condition Section of the code. Here are the highlighted changes: When chlorine is used, a free chlorine residual of at least 1.0 ppm must be maintained throughout the pool. When bromine is used, a…

Pool Drain & Entrapment Explainer

06.06.2016

Abbey's Hope | 2016

Abbey's Hope is proud to partner with the Zac Foundation to create an educational on-line tool that explains the hidden dangers of pool drains. In this online tool, "Hidden Hazard: One thing to know before your kids jump in the pool", we explain: What drain entrapment is and how it occurs in spas and pools, the potentially hazardous swimming environment unsafe drains can post, how t…

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What Natatoriums Need to Know About HVLS Fans

06.06.2016

Aquatics International | By Dan Linder | April 2016

Those used to residential fans often believe it best to run fans at the highest speed for the most air flow. However, aquatics facilities need to view air movement from another perspective — one more on the industrial level. HVLS fans and aquatics facilities Industrial high-volume low-speed fans—or HVLS—are in a league of their own, with diameters up to 24 feet. Un…

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Aquatics Officials Fight to Preserve Public Health Regulations

06.02.2016

Aquatics International | By Nate Traylor | March 2016

In recent weeks, industry associations have combated measures in at least two states that aimed to diminish the roles inspectors play in enforcing compliance with federal and local regulations. It’s part of what some see as a growing desire among certain lawmakers to reduce public health regulations and, by extension, government costs. But in at least two cases, industry officia…

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Big Changes at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance

06.02.2016

Aquatics International | Dana Robinson | April 2016

The new NDPA logo was revealed at the organization's annual Educational Conference in March. At its annual Educational Conference in March, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance rolled out several organizational changes largely driven by the incoming president. Current NDPA Vice President Adam Katchmarchi will take the helm July 1. He succeeds Jim Paterson, known as an important fi…

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Cost Calculators: A First Step

06.02.2016

Aquatics International | Mike Fowler | February 2016

As operating expenses continue to rise and annual budgets shrink, finding ways to trim energy costs is even more important today than it was 10 years ago, when variable-speed pumps first came on the pool scene. Every year, facility managers sit down to review their operating expenses, and one huge figure never seems to shrink — the electricity cost. Everyone realizes that the …

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