Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
October 1, 2014
- The New York State Department of Health helped create a national Model Aquatic Health Code, which states and localities can use to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drownings, and pool-chemical injuries.
- New York’s extensive pool program can benefit from incorporating the science-based, data-driven guidance of the code.
- Every two years, the code will undergo revision overseen by the nonprofit Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code.
May 21, 2014
- New York State has regulations to help protect swimmers and aquatics staff from injuries associated with pool chemicals, and educational materials [PDF 116KB] to help pool owners store and handle pool chemicals safely.
- New York also runs a unique surveillance program to track illnesses and injuries from pool chemicals. Factors contributing to illness and injuries include inadequate product labeling, improper mixing or storage, and inadequate pool operator training or anti-siphon safeguards.
- California has information and resources to prevent drowning, which is a significant cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five.