Swimming Pools/Recreational Waters

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall

Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) Sessions:

8:30 – 9:20am
VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act – Year Two: Enforcement, Common Mistakes, and Field Verification, and an Overview of the Next Tidal Wave – Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency Regulations
Educational session sponsored by NSF International
A year ago, public pools were in the midst of the Great Drain Cover Swap. This year, it’s all about Verification.  Find out what the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is finding as they inspect public pools and spas. Learn about tools for identifying hazards and for selecting the compliance option for each system. Also learn about the next big issue, Energy Efficiency Regulations and how they could impact filtration equipment and operations.  
Steve Barnes, Chairman: APSP Technical Committee, APSP-15 Pool Energy Efficiency Standard, Safety and Compliance Manager, Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Maricopa, AZ

9:30 – 10:20am
Aquatics War with RWIs: Creating an Illnesses Free Zone from the Operator’s Perspective
Today’s aquatic facilities are not your father’s swimming pools. These aquatic facilities are sophisticated, the staff must have a business oriented goals and the experience to develop an economic business plan that can market the cliental so that patron revenue can support an operating budget. If the thought of learning about recreational water illnesses makes you queasy, change your paradigm and learn how creating a “TEAM” environment using sensible and informed pool-water sanitization techniques can create a cost-effective and user-friendly way to mitigate the potential for illness at your facility.
Louis (Sam) Fruia, MEd, Aquatic Facilities Operator (AFO), Certified Pool Operator (CPO), CISD Natatorium Administrator, Conroe Independent School District, Shenendoah, TX

10:30 – 11:20am
Sanitation and Oxidation in Swimming Pools
This presentation will cover different types of sanitizers and sanitizer systems as well as options for oxidizing (“shocking”) the pool. From this session, attendees will understand the options for EPA registered sanitizers available for swimming pools and spas, understand the importance of routine oxidation, and learn how proper maintenance can help prevent problems before they begin.
Karen Rigsby, BS, Technical Services Senior Specialist, BioLab (Chemtura), Lawrenceville, GA

NEHA Sessions:

1:00 – 1:50pm
Recreational Water Filtration

There is an increasing trend toward using alternate filter medias in sand and DE (diatomaceous earth) filters used in recreational water facilities. Zeolite and recycled glass are being touted as efficient replacements for sand, while perlite and cellulose are promoted as eco-friendly alternatives to DE. How do you know that these products will perform as claimed? From this session, attendees will understand performance differences between sand, zeolite, and glass in recreational water filtration; explore performance differences between DE, perlite and, cellulose used in precoat filtration; and identify what media specifications operators should be requiring for media used in sand-type and precoat-type filters used in recreational water facilities.
David Purkiss, General Manager, NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI

2:00 – 2:50pm
Swimming Pool Inspections — United States, 2002 and 2008
Educational session sponsored by NSF International
Did you know that 8.3% of swimming pools were immediately closed upon inspection in 2002? Attend this session and see if this percentage has changed by learning about the 2008 Aquatic Inspection Report Study—a collaboration between 32 state and local health departments and CDC to assess regulatory compliance with pool codes across the country.
Elizabeth L. Dunbar, MPH, CDC/ASPH Fellow, CDC, Atlanta, GA

3:00 – 3:50pm
Drowning in Disinfection Byproducts: The Chloramines - Educational Session Sponsored by Delta Ultraviolet
This presentation is motivated by the marked increase in the respiratory symptoms amongst competitive swimmers. It seeks to increase awareness of the health problems linked with chlorination of swimming pool water, recognizing the importance of the process of disinfection. It acknowledges the lack of definitive data in many areas but urges the professionals involved in this field to guard the health of the swimmers. The presentation will address the chemistry of chlorination and disinfection byproducts; epidemiology of exposure; adverse health effects; presenter’s experience at the local pool; and inadequacy of environmental assessment. The presentation also compares the pool codes of Minnesota and Europe, and discusses ways to improve the process of disinfection with focus on combined application of UV radiation and chlorine.
Anuja Sharma, MD, Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates, St Paul, MN
Vidur Sharma, St. Louis University Medical Scholar Program, St. Louis, MO

 

 

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