No I am not kidding! I read the entire first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). And I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. Seven years of hard work was worth the wait. The roughly 700 pages of the MAHC is enough to intimidate anyone, but the more I read it the more I liked it. Nearly 40 pages of Table of Contents is a good indication that the MAHC is certainly comprehensive. As I worked my way from the actual codes to the annex, I began to realize that the MAHC was an Encyclopedia of Best Practices in Aquatics. The Annex of the MAHC not only provides a historical perspective for many, if not most of the recommended standards but also explains why the standards are being proposed. CDC Spokesperson Dr. Michael Beach describes the MAHC process as an evolution, not revolution. The MAHC will help us all to kick it up a notch at our aquatic facilities, whether they are brand new, or old and out of date. Most of all, it will assist those states and municipalities that have been without adequate and up to date pool codes. Although the MAHC is voluntary, it will become mandatory for those regions that adopt it. I’ll bet lawyers will have a keen interest in the MAHC as well and that’s another reason we all have to begin to digest the MAHC now. I would like to personally thank all those professionals and volunteers that helped to make the MAHC a reality. Your patience and perseverance is truly appreciated.
Check it out for yourself - http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc/