Information for Aquatics Staff
Aquatics staff are the first line of defense in keeping bathers safe and healthy while they swim. The MAHC can be used to develop operational plans to reduce the risk of injuries and the spread of disease. Aquatics sector leaders don’t have to wait for a government agency to adopt the MAHC. They can implement key MAHC elements now to start improving health and safety at their facilities. Listed below are key resources to assist aquatics operators, lifeguards, and managers in the goal to create and maintain healthy swimming environments for swimmers of all ages and skill levels.
These resources focus on educating about the MAHC.
- Using the MAHC: Public Health and Industry Tool for Comparing the MAHC with Existing Pool Codes– Enable public health officials and the aquatics sector to identify major differences between the MAHC and their applicable code.
- Rationale Behind the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
- Helpful Tools and Forms for Aquatic Health & Safety Programs – Tools for public health officials and aquatics sector personnel working on implementing MAHC-specific or other aquatic health and safety programs, including investigation forms, applications, reporting forms, and MAHC-specific checklists.
- FAQs about the MAHC – More technical questions and answers about the MAHC.
- MAHC Code and Annex – The MAHC 1st Edition Code and Annex, the latest and current version of the MAHC.
- Updating the MAHC with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) – Organization created to support and improve public health by promoting healthy and safe aquatic experiences for everyone.
- Creating the MAHC – Historical perspective to creating the MAHC.
These tools and forms help aquatics staff learn best practices for operating and maintaining healthy pools and spas.
- Residential Pool or Hot Tub Owners – Toolkit providing several resources including factsheets about pH and Chlorine, water contamination response log, and guidance about how to handle different types of contamination incidents.
- Aquatics Professionals – A list of resources about healthy pool and hot tub design and operation.
- Pool/Spa Inspector Training – Links for finding training for pool and spa inspectors and operators.
These resources are helpful to educate aquatics staff and bathers about the ways to keep swimming healthy and fun.
- Aquatics Professionals – Links for learning about healthy swimming practices.
- 12 Steps for Prevention of Recreational Water Illnesses – Information about RWIs and ways to help prevent them.
- Publications, Data, & Statistics
- Posters– Posters to help raise awareness about RWIs and pool chemical safety.
- Infographics – Infographics to share through social media channels, websites, and electronic newsletters.
- Brochures – Brochures for distribution to all swimmers and parents with young children aiming to raise awareness about recreational water illness (RWIs).
- Social Media Library – Healthy swimming messages to use with social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). PoolSafely.govExternal – Website with brochures, tip cards, and educational videos for parents and families to learn about the many water safety steps to be used at public and residential pools and hot tubs/spas.