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 The MAHC will help us all to kick it up a notch at our aquatic facilities, whether they are brand new, or old and out of date.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/

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Comment by Laurie Batter on November 7, 2014 at 10:59am

Tom, great post! For those who aren't aware, a CMAHC (Conference on the Model Aquatic Health Code) workshop was held last month just prior to the World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, Oregon. Here's a bit of info for everyone to know --

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and non-profit CMAHC (Conference of the Model Aquatic Health Code) hosted a workshop on October 8 that encouraged public health, aquatic and other stakeholders to get involved and help shape what the MAHC will look like in the future. The CMAHC will serve the key role of collecting, assessing and relaying national input needed on the MAHC. More than a third of WAHC attendees attended the CMAHC open workshop as well as the WAHC Public Health Code Track. Both events were streamed live online. (videos to be made available by National Swimming Pool Foundation soon).

“It was gratifying to see over 100 people show up in person and over 160 organizations log into the live stream and view the CMAHC meeting. There was good discussion on how we build and operate this fledgling organization to advise the CDC on needed MAHC updates,” commented Michael Beach, Associate Director for Healthy Water, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control at the CDC. “It illustrates the strong backing the MAHC has from both public health and the aquatics industry to keep it up to date with the latest science and best practice,” he concluded.  

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