I am looking for information on any states that have defined capacity limits regarding swimming pools.
By capacity limits I am referring to the number of people that are allowed to be in a facility at any given time. This would be to eliminate any overcrowding that may occur.
In Ohio, we do not have capacity limits for our pools. The only exception is our indoor pools, which have limits but they are set by fire codes and not the state health department. So we can have a 1,000 sq ft pool (outdoors) and we can invite 1,000 of our closest friends and relatives over and have a party. We would be required to have a couple of guards on hand but none-the-less all would be welcomed at our tiny pool.
While my example is a bit over the top, overcrowding is a real concern. We have a lot of HOA's in our area where home builders will build a pool in a development to draw in prospective buyers. Many times the pools are far too small to serve the development they are in. This causes a very unsafe situation.
Two years ago my company decided to implement our own policy to deal with this. We looked at what the CPO book suggested as well as we found another state that did have capacity limits (I believe it was Illinois but I am not certain). We came up with our own formula and implemented it at every facility we manage. Note: The latest addition of the CPO book no longer includes a calculation for capacity limit.
I am now going back an re-reviewing the policy and would like some feedback from around the country. Does your state have capacity limits for your pool?