The first draft of the Model Aquatic Health Code may be ready by autumn 2009.
Written by aquatics professionals and health experts, the MAHC
is designed to be a comprehensive standard for aquatics facility
development and operation. Topics include design, water chemistry,
air quality, equipment and filtration.
The first version of a key section on fecal response has been
finalized, while additional segments will be posted online in the
coming months, said Doug Sackett, assistant director, New York
State Department of Health, Bureau of Community Environmental
Health & Food Protection.
“The whole reason for creating the MAHC in the first place
is to prevent recreational water illnesses. In prioritizing, we
determined that the first section should be the one dealing with
fecal accidents,” said Sackett, who’s also director of
the Aquatic Health Code and Risk Reduction Program for the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
He noted that as additional topics become available for review,
interested professionals can participate in the public comment
periods for each section.
Currently, there are 12 technical committees of approximately 10
members each, all in various stages of developing pieces of the
code. Committee members include health officials, pool operators,
designers and manufacturers.
The MAHC will be available to everyone free of charge.
An outline of the entire code was released late last year and is
available online at www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/MAHC/model_code.html.