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November 2014 Edition
Focus Topic: Compliance

Required Safety Equipment

Are Your Signs Compliant?

“Coming in at number three on this third week of 1971 is a tune from that funky quintet from north of the border. This is Five Man Electrical Band with their mega-hit, ‘Signs’.” You remember that one, right? Canadian Les Emmerson wrote the counter-culture anthem with the chorus: “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign; Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind; Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” Go to any aquatic center these days, and this song is bound to pop into your head.

It makes you wonder what signs are necessary to comply with the law. “No running in pool area,” a reasonable sign even though most guilty runners are probably too young to read. “No Diving.” Sure, but is it necessary in the two-foot deep kiddie pool? And, where do we stop? “Don’t breathe under water.” Let’s hope that one’s obvious.

The CDC with the help of thousands of comments from experts in the field posted the first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code in late August. Again, the MAHC is a model, not a law. We can expect many of its guidelines to be followed by governing bodies, so it is worth knowing what the MAHC requires for signage compliance.

The MAHC is extremely helpful when it comes to such regulations. The code tells you what signs are needed, where they are needed, and what they should say. In some cases, sign requirements can get fairly specific. For instance, in regards to the chemical storage room, “a sign shall be posted on the exterior of the entry door, stating ‘DANGER – GASEOUS OXIDIZER – OZONE’ in lettering not less than four inches high.”

Two rules of thumb govern most of the MAHC sign codes: 1) Post the warnings as given by the equipment manufacturer. (For example, this guideline applies for equipment such as slides and filtration systems.) 2) All visible containers, pipes, conduit, doors, etc., should be labeled. What is flowing in the pipe? What direction? What type of wiring is inside a conduit? What chemicals are stored in that container? What’s behind that door and who can open it?

For example, “All doors opening into CHEMICAL STORAGE SPACES shall be equipped with permanent signage that warns against unauthorized entry, specifies the expected hazards, specifies the location of the associated SDS forms, and displays the product chemical hazard NFPA chart.”

Poolside, “No Diving” signs are required at water depths of five feet or less. Controlled-access aquatic venues (such as activity pool, lazy rivers, and other venues with limited access) shall only require depth markers on a sign at points of entry.”

We could proceed with a list of sign specifications, but instead we’ll highlight a few more examples to give you an idea of the MAHC’s specifications. Read the rest of this entry »

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MAHC in 5 Minutes

This is a short 5 minute overview of MAHC.

Strange Place to Vote

This has got to make the state inspectors cringe. All those people walking through the pool area and a yellow piece of plastic caution tape is the only thing separating them from the pool.

Failing Inspections

by Austin Looper – This article was originally published in Aquatics International

Run a hotel, motel or association aquatics facility? Chances are, you’re in violation of water quality codes. Knowing why will help reduce RWIs.

Americans love their swimming pools. In fact, an estimated 7.4 million vessels are in active use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year, more than 360 million visits to recreational water venues are recorded, making swimming the second most popular recreational activity in the United States — and the most popular for children.

Water facilities are popular because they provide families with relaxing places to enjoy quality time together. The behind-the-scenes work to keep these facilities safe and healthy is vital to maintaining pool popularity. Operators and owners play an integral role and should be commended for their important work.

However, as a recent survey reveals, some operators need better education on recreational water illness prevention. RWIs can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye and neurologic disorders. Most often, RWIs are caused by pathogens such as cryptosporidium, escherichia coli (E-coli), giardia and shigella. The most common RWIs are diarrhea, hot tub rash, Legionnaires’ disease, and swimmer’s ear and itch.

The survey conducted by NSF International and the Accu-Tab System Group at PPG Industries, concludes that operators must educate themselves on RWIs in three key areas:

  • What they are
  • How to recognize them
  • How to prevent them

This survey polled environmental health professionals who inspect recreational water facilities. Approximately 92 percent of them have closed a recreational water facility in the past three years. Read the rest of this entry »

Street Swimmer??

A short comedy and funny video about a professional swimmer, who swims in the streets of the Philippines… A gag? A prank? A joke? Or just plain having fun and tripping out, during the summer heat?! LOL! Featuring the improv comedians Maui Manalo and Miko Pepito of the Cardio Boys and Wow Mali. Shot in the streets of Marikina Philippines this social media comedy exercise is brought to you by Jourdan Sebastian and the comedians in Wasak! Special thanks to Isko Moreno and his friends for helping us shoot this vid. Go Marikina City!!! Swimming really is… more fun in the Philippines.