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Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Voting Guide

Vote on the Code!

The Model Aquatic Health Code provides national guidance for the creation and updating of  aquatic facility regulations around the country. The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) works to regularly update the MAHC through the collection and analysis of  code change requests. This allows for the collection and analysis of data-driven, science-based information from public health and aquatic industry experts and helps to keep the MAHC current, sustainable, easily understood and implemented. 

Every other year, The CMAHC invites public health and industry leaders to gather at the Vote on the Code Biennial Conference for discussion and member voting on new language and content for the MAHC. The next vote is coming up this October 17 & 18th at the Vote on the Code Conference, held in conjunction with the World Aquatic Health Conference. This year, there are 179 change requests that are up for voting by the CMAHC membership. NEHA has reviewed the requests and identified 66 that likely or possibly have environmental public health impacts. An overview of those change requests can be found below or printed for an easy voting reference.  A larger voting guide for the environmental public health elements is also available,which includes the rationale for the decision and future action to be taken. The full listing of all change requests is also available.






Change Request #

Summary

Relevance to Environmental Health

TRC Recommendation

NEHA Recommendation

4.2.2.2.2-0001 Revises definition for paint as indoor VOC vapor retarder. Possible YES YES
4.2.2.3.3.1-0001 Revises language around air handling system codes. Possible NO NO
4.2.2.4.5-0001 Adds latching to door reference. Possible YES YES
4.5.1.1-0001 Revises language for aquatic venue shape. Possible YES YES
4.5.3.2-0001 Further defines swimouts. Possible YES YES
4.5.4-0001 Standardizes stair requirements. Possible YES YES
4.5.4.2-0001 Standardizes stair requirements. Possible YES YES
4.5.4.6-0001 Standardizes stair requirements. Possible NO NO
4.5.12.4-0001 Clarifies language for projections/obstructions. Possible YES YES- as modified
4.5.16.3-0001 Improves underwater bench definition. Possible NO NO
4.5.16.5-0001 Limits hydrotherapy jets to spas and therapy pools. Possible NO NO
4.5.17.4-0001 Clarifies definition of underwater ledges. Possible NO NO
4.5.18-0001 Eliminates allowance for underwater shelves. Likely NO NO
4.5.19.1.6.2-0001 Adds requirement for rope designation between pool areas. Possible NO NO
4.5.19.2.4-0001 Clarifies depth marker units. Possible NO NO
4.6.1.6.1-0001 Clarifies lighting requirements.  Possible NO NO
4.7.1.6.2.1.4-0001 Adds annex section on SCRS devices. Possible YES YES
4.7.3.-0001 Adds allowance for new filtration technology. Possible NO NO
4.7.3.2.1.3-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely YES YES
4.7.3.2.1.3-0002 Eliminates loopholes for chemical feeder requirements. Likely NO NO
4.7.3.2.2.2-0003 Eliminates free available chlorine dosing requirement. Possible YES YES
4.7.3.2.2.3-0002 Eliminates free available chlorine dosing requirement. Possible YES YES - as modified
4.7.3.3.1.2-0001 Provides alternatives to secondary disinfection for small pools. Possible NO NO
4.7.3.3.2-0001 Change secondary disinfection requirements. Possible YES YES- as modified
4.7.3.3.2-0002 Clarifies full flow treatment. Possible YES YES- as modified
4.7.3.3.3.3-0001 Require UV secondary treatment for splash/spray areas. Likely YES YES- as modified
4.7.3.3.3.4-0001 Require shutdown if UVT is less than minimum transmissivity.  Likely YES YES- as modified
4.7.3.3.5-0001 Secondary treatment filtration options. Possible NO NO
4.7.4.1.1-0001 Clarify language on filtration. Possible YES YES
4.8.1.6.7-0001 Limits wing wall use. Possible NO NO
4.8.2.2.4-0002 Stair requirement for 3m diving stands. Possible NO NO
4.8.4-0001 Stair requirement for pool slide. Possible NO NO
4.8.5.3.2-0002 Clarifies lifeguard chair requirements. Possible NO NO
4.8.6.3.7-0002 Additional latching requirements. Possible YES YES
4.12.5.2.2-0002 Adapts lazy river lifeguarding operations. Possible YES YES
5.7.1.1.1.1-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely YES YES
5.7.1.1.1.1.3-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely NO NO
5.7.2.2.4.1.1-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely YES YES- as modified
5.7.3.1.3-0001 Add requirements for stabilizer certification. Possible YES YES- as modified
5.7.3.1.3.2-0001 Lower CA stabilizer limit. Likely ABSTAIN YES
5.7.3.1.5.1-0001 Add requirement for pool grade salt. Possible YES YES- as modified
5.7.3.2.2-0001 Addition for ozone generator feedback. Possible NO NO
5.7.3.2.2.6-0001 Compressed oxygen NSF 50 Possible NO NO
5.7.3.3.2-0001 Add NSF/ANSI certification requirement. Possible YES YES- as modified
5.7.3.4.1-0001 Reduce minimum pH to 6.8. Possible NO NO
5.7.3.4.2-0001 Add NSF/ANSI certification requirement. Possible YES YES
5.7.3.7.8-0001 Require continuous monitoring of UVT. Possible YES Yes
5.7.5.1-0001 Notation of FAC or ORP/HRR prior to opening each day. Possible NO NO
5.8.5.3.1-0001 Addresses lifeguard UV exposure. Possible YES YES
5.8.5.3.2-0001 Provides guidance on spinal injury board construction. Possible YES YES
5.8.5.3.9-0002 Ensure provision of needed lifeguard equipment. Possible YES YES
5.12.2.1-0001 Ensure easy access to lifejackets. Likely YES YES
6.0.1-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely YES YES
6.0.1.6.1-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely NO NO
6.2.1.2.6.3-0001 Ensure lifeguard instructors maintain high training quality. Possible NO NO
6.2.1.2.6.4-0001 Ensure lifeguard instructors maintain high training quality. Possible NO NO
6.2.1.3.3-0001 Ensure lifeguard instructor is present for entire course. Possible YES YES
6.3.1.2.5-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely NO NO
6.3.2-0001 Clarifies needed number of lifeguards. Possible YES YES
6.3.2.1-0001 Facility attributes requiring qualified lifeguards. Possible YES YES
6.3.2.1-0002 Facility attributes requiring qualified lifeguards. Possible NO NO
6.3.4.4.1-0001 Clarifies needed number of lifeguards. Possible YES YES
6.4.1.4.3-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely YES YES
6.4.1.6-0001 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely YES YES- as modified
6.5.3.2.1-0001 Alter crypto/diarrhea hyperchlorination protocol. Possible YES YES
6.6.3.1-0002 Protocols to mitigate chlorine gas exposure. Likely NO NO
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