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Healthy Swimming and Recreational Waters



NEHA is committed to providing education, resources, and support for healthy swimming and recreational water programs around the country.  Here you'll find information about the newest projects and the resources we offer.



Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

MAHC is a collaborative effort of public health, academia, and industry. By providing a model code based on the latest science, the MAHC strives to keep swimming healthy and protect individuals, families, and communities from preventable waterborne diseases and injuries. The MAHC encourages stakeholder involvement, so please make your swimming pool program aware of the following resources and opportunities to get involved:

New Swimming Code Language Available for Public Comment

CDC and industry experts have developed the Model Aquatic Health Code. This is a guidance document that can help make swimming and other water activities safer. The Model Aquatic Health Code offers guidelines for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of public swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, waterparks, and other aquatic facilities. The Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision module of the code is open for public comment through July 30, 2012.

The Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision Module is a first step toward improving the consistency in training, lifeguard management and supervision, lifeguard competency for guarded facilities, and proper bather supervision at unguarded facilities. The module contains requirements for unguarded and guarded aquatic facilities, general requirements for lifeguard training, and more. For more information or to make a public comment, visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/structure-content/index.html



The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Steering Committee is happy to announce that the Risk Management and Safety module has been posted for public comment.

The MAHC, a collaborative effort of public health, academia, and industry, will serve as a model and guide for local and state agencies needing guidance to update or implement standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools and other treated recreational water venues. The partnership is working to protect individuals, families, and communities from preventable waterborne diseases and injuries. The MAHC encourages stakeholder involvement so please make your swimming pool program aware of the following resources and opportunities to get involved:

     Each newly posted MAHC module also has a short synopsis highlighting the most critical recommendations. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/structure-content/abstracts.html

     A new “MAHC In the News” feature has Webinars, magazines, and other MAHC news items published by external groups about the MAHC effort. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/inthenews.html

If you would like to sign up for information related to Healthy Swimming, please visit the Healthy Swimming Web site (www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming).  Click the “Get email updates” box on the right hand side of the page (4th box down) to sign up for automatic email updates.



NEHA MAHC Resources

E-learning Opportunities – NEHA has select healthy swimming and recreational waters educational opportunities available online at http://www.nehacert.org/moodle/. These sessions also provide continuing education credit.

Journal of Environmental Health - The Journal of Environmental Health is published 10 times per year by the National Environmental Health Association and keeps readers up-to-date on current issues, new research, useful products and services, and employment opportunities. We frequently cover issues of importance to onsite wastewater professionals, and reprints are available through Content Editor.

NEHA's bookstore provides environmental health professionals with the latest in relevant educational material. In our Water Quality section, we feature a number of resources for those in the healthy swimming and recreational waters field.

Calendar of Events - Many NEHA affiliate conferences and other conferences have sessions for healthy swimming and recreational waters. Check our calendar periodically to find events of interest. 


Other MAHC Resources

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Modules for Review
 

 


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