Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
The CDC's Model Aquatic Health Code Steering Committee has stated that a release of the revised, full code is coming at the start of the new year. In addition, the following update has been posted to the MAHC web page:
All 14 draft MAHC modules have been posted for the first round of public comment; one draft module is still open for public comment through 10/09/2013.
All modules are being revised based on public comment and are being re-posted for viewing as each module revision is completed.
As each module is revised, it is being merged and interwoven with other revised modules to make a single complete draft version of the MAHC Code or Annex documents.
The first complete draft version of the MAHC will be posted for the second (final) round of public comment by the end of 2013.
The final 1st edition of the MAHC, revised after the second round of public comments, will be posted by summer 2014.
Call to action:
The WWA urges waterpark owners, operators, developers and designers to spend the next few months reviewing the seven modules that are now posted and available for a final review. These seven modules have been revised taking into account the first round of public comments. Another five modules are awaiting reposting after receiving revisions based on public comment feedback.
Click here to see the list of revised modules.
CDC, through an initial grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, is working with public health and industry representatives across the United States to prevent drowning, injuries, and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas by building a Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The MAHC will be a guidance document that can help local and state authorities make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. The MAHC will serve as a model and guide for local and state agencies needing to update or implement swimming pool and spa code, rules, regulations, guidance, law, or standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other treated or disinfected aquatic facilities.