Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Technical Committees
Technical committees were established to provide specialized knowledge regarding specific areas of the MAHC content. Efforts were focused on preventing injuries and reducing the spread of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) at public disinfected aquatic facilities.
Each Technical Committee examined existing technologies and methodologies in the appropriate jurisdictions of their respective committees. The Technical Committees determined the scientific basis, if any, for existing recommendations and criteria; identified scientific information gaps; and outlined data that were needed to support future science-based revisions. The final product was intended to be a performance-based Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) that is national in scope, data driven, and created using the best available science and engineering practices.
Interaction and Governance
It was recognized that Technical Committees may overlap on certain issues. The Steering Committee determined which committee had primary responsibility for assigning roles in these overlap areas. Committees serving in a secondary role contributed thoughts and ideas on the focus area, but the overlap areas were a secondary part of those Technical Committee activities. The Technical Committee serving as the lead ensured regular communication between all Technical Committees having an overlap area. For example, the Disinfection & Water Quality Committee had primary responsibility for looking at disinfection methodologies. However, disinfectant and pH levels were important secondary considerations for other committees such as Monitoring & Testing, Filtration & Recirculation, and Contamination Burden. These committees had to be in regular communication with the lead Technical Committee, Disinfection & Water Quality Committee. The MAHC Coordinator and the Steering Committee Liaisons also ensured appropriate communication between Technical Committees to help avoid unnecessary effort and/or duplications. The MAHC Strawman [PDF - 14 pages] included markers delineating the integration points for each technical committee.
- Technical Committee Chair Duties [PDF - 2 pages]
- Technical Committee Rules of Engagement and Instructions [PDF - 1 page]
Meetings and Reporting
- Sample Agenda (Initial Call) [PDF - 1 page]
- Sample Agenda (After Initial Call) [PDF - 1 page]
- Monthly Progress Report [PDF - 2 pages]
MAHC Development Process
For more information please visit the MAHC Development page.
Click on links below for information on existing technical committees.
- Contamination Burden
- Disinfection & Water Quality
- Facility Design & Construction
- Facility Maintenance & Operation
- Hygiene Facilities
- Lifeguarding/Bather Supervision
- Monitoring & Testing
- Operator Training
- Recirculation Systems & Filtration
- Regulatory Program Administration
- Risk Management/Safety
- Ventilation & Air Quality
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