A word to those who were trying to dodge the CPSC on VGB compliance-The time is up!! At least it is in Ohio. Last week about half a dozen facilities received the following letter Names have been removed for privacy purposes.


That's right the CPSC is coming to a town near you. From what we can gather they are actively seeking out facilities. In other words they are not just following up on leads. It appears they are actively visiting schools, recreation centers, any other municipality. I am only speculating their method based off of information that I have been able to gather.

The moral of the story is if you are not compliant you might want to make it a priority or risk being fined and your facility closed.

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Comment by Jeff Lighthall on October 1, 2009 at 2:56pm
The part that deals with the barrier is down in Sec. 1406. Here is a blog posting about it :-)

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007
Comment by Ryan Mullins on October 1, 2009 at 2:47pm
I spoke with a Representative from CPSC on the phone yesterday. I had emailed them a question about VGB earlier this year. They were just following up. They wanted to know if I resolved my issue. He then wanted me to send him copies of my drain certificates. He told me that they are not doing complete surprise inspections. He said they have been calling about one week in advance to let you know that they are coming. He also said that not a lot of people have believed them when they call. They think that it is a joke and they have been hung up on a few times.
Comment by DesignRI on September 24, 2009 at 12:39pm
The act, specifically Sec. 1404 'drain cover standard', does not deal with barriers.
Comment by Bob Willard on September 24, 2009 at 6:26am
Here is the latest information regarding VGB inspections:


Looks like the inspections are hitting nationwide.
Comment by Bob Willard on September 22, 2009 at 5:59pm
Look at the bright side Jim we all have a goal of zero drownings. We are now 2 closer to when we started. That's good right?
Comment by Jim Wheeler on September 22, 2009 at 4:33pm
Good news piece Bob! I am glad to see the CPSC is out to enforce something that is responsible for so many deaths each year in our country. What are the statistics 2 per year die due to entrapment or was it 7...
Comment by Bob Willard on September 22, 2009 at 1:24pm
I just talked to someone from our local health department. He sits on the rules review committee for the state of Ohio. He says there will be a rule that will go into effect Spring of 2010 making the VGB Act a state requirement. This will force all health inspectors in the state of Ohio to enforce VGB compliance. He says the state has no choice.

After talking with him I suspect many or all states will be doing the same. Should be interesting.
Comment by John E. Szymanski on September 21, 2009 at 10:59am
I have a company that distributes stainless steel unblockable drain covers from 26" x 26" to 44" x 44".
I can cover many drain problems.
I can answer many drain questions.
with my covers people can con comply with having to tare up their pool floors.
John Szymanski
Comment by Jeff Lighthall on September 21, 2009 at 10:12am
Lets not forget the VGB also deals with the safety barrier around the pool as well.

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007

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