July 11, 2014
Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) website now live
The MAHC is happy to announce the launch of a new website for the Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). The CMAHC is a nonprofit organization created in 2014 to support and improve public health by promoting healthy and safe aquatic experiences for everyone. The CMAHC will serve as a national clearinghouse collecting input and advice on needed improvements to the MAHC. CDC views the CMAHC as a key partner in assuring that a broad array of input is collected to inform CDC on needed MAHC changes.
National Environmental Health Association CMAHC pre-conference presentations available
The CMAHC sponsored a partner pre-conference workshop called "Springboard to Prevention: The Model Aquatic Health Code, 1st Edition" at the National Environmental Health Association conference in Las Vegas on July 7. Presentation slides are available on the CMAHC website.
June 9, 2014
Workshop: National Environmental Health Association — July 7, 2014
Springboard to Prevention: The Model Aquatic Health Code, 1st Edition
This workshop at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference (AEC) will present the "knitted" version of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The MAHC will be a guidance document that can help local and state authorities update or implement swimming pool and spa codes or standards without having to "recreate the wheel."
The workshop will cover:
- Common health concerns at aquatic venues
- Key concepts influencing lifeguarding staffing plans
- Secondary disinfection
- A science-based operational and communication support toolkit for aquatic and pool programs
The workshop will be held Monday, July 7, 2014, 1-5pm at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV. Workshop registration is free with a full or one-day conference registration to the NEHA 2014 AEC.
Meeting: Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code — October 8, 2014
This FREE organizational meeting gives public health officials and members of the aquatics industry the unique opportunity to help form the Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC), which will become the preeminent organization for pool and spa standard of care across the country. The CMAHC is a non-profit organization formed to serve the key role of collecting, assessing, and relaying national input on needed revisions to the MAHC back to CDC.
This year's organizational meeting will:
- Discuss how the CMAHC should be organized
- Discuss how proposed revisions to the MAHC will be submitted
- Discuss how final decisions will be made on recommendations
- Develop a research agenda for advancing the MAHC
The workshop will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8am-2pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR. Meeting registration is free; email email@example.com. To register for both the CMAHC meeting and the corresponding World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC), which will also feature sessions about the MAHC, visit the WAHC website.
March 28, 2014
MAHC milestone reached!
Today marks an important milestone in the development of the MAHC, the nation’s first science-based model guidance for swimming pools and other aquatic venues. The first complete "knitted" version of the MAHC has now been released for the MAHC’s second of two 60-day rounds of public comments. This knitted version blends together the 14 modules that have been developed, opened for public comment, and revised based on your feedback.
Be a part of history—send us your comments
Are you an environmental or other public health professional, aquatics facility designer or operator, scientist specializing in waterborne disease or injury prevention, other professional, or a member of the general public interested in protecting and advancing public health at aquatic venues? If so, you are invited to review this version of the MAHC and submit your comments by May 27, 2014.
Spread the word
Please remind your colleagues that this complete, knitted version of the MAHC is now open for public comment. We encourage you to forward this email and/or to use your social media channels to spread the word. You may use, edit, or customize the following sample posts for use on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.:
- Submit comments on first complete "knitted" version of Model Aquatic Health Code released today. Deadline 5/27. http://go.usa.gov/Kfex
- Be part of history! Submit comments on 1st complete national science-based code for swimming pools. http://go.usa.gov/Kfex
- First complete "knitted" version of Model Aquatic Health Code released for public comment. Submit comments by 5/27 http://go.usa.gov/Kfex
Thank you for your review! We look forward to your comments. We will revise the knitted version of the MAHC based on the comments we receive and are excited to release the MAHC 1st Edition in summer 2014.
March 19, 2014
January 24, 2014
The Disinfection and Water Quality Module and the Regulatory Module have been revised and re-posted after the first public comment period. View the revised modules and the response to comments documents.
The first full version of the MAHC is coming soon, and we want your feedback! We plan to release the first full version of the MAHC—a combination of all revised modules and supplemental information—in spring 2014 for a 60-day public comment period.
Get a head start!
Because the MAHC will be a long document, we encourage you to get a head start and begin compiling your comments now on the modules that have been revised after the first public comment period so that you have plenty of time to submit your feedback. The content of these modules will not change substantially, but we will have to reorganize information that may be duplicated in multiple modules and resolve conflicts where duplicate items make different recommendations. We will announce when the full version is posted and we are accepting public comments for 60 days.
Each module has a short synopsis or abstract highlighting the most critical recommendations.
You can monitor the status of all modules on the MAHC website.