Information for Public Health Professionals
Public health support is vital to the success of the MAHC, and a strong pool regulatory program is essential to protect swimmer health in our communities. The science and best practices outlined in the MAHC can help reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and chemical poisoning to keeping bathers safe and healthy while they swim. Here are some resources to assist public health professionals in the goal of inspecting and monitoring swimming environments for swimmers of all ages and skill levels.
These resources assist public health aquatics programs with understanding the MAHC and implementing the MAHC in their jurisdiction.
- 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.
- MAHC Adoption Networkexternal icon
- MAHC Code and Annex – The MAHC 1st Edition Code and Annex, the latest and current version of the 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.
- Updating the MAHC with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code – The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) was created to support and improve public health by collecting, assessing, and relaying national input on needed MAHC revisions back to CDC for final consideration for acceptance.
- Creating the MAHC – Historical perspective to creating the MAHC.
- Pool Code Updates and use of the Model Aquatic Health Code in Local Jurisdictionsexternal icon
CDC Healthy Swimming Resources
These resources assist public health professionals with educating swimmers about how to keep healthy while enjoying aquatic activities.
Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) – Helpful links discussing recreational water illnesses and injuries.
- Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Toolkits – Resources to help inform the public, media, community leaders, and others about Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (formerly known as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week)
- Index of Water-Related Topics – Index of water-related diseases and other water-related topics.
- Health Promotion Materials – A variety of resources including posters, infographics, videos, podcasts, and more!
- Information for Public Health Professionals – Materials designed for public health professionals for training, outbreak investigations, and advocacy.
- Pool/Spa Inspector Training – Links for finding training for pool and spa inspectors and operators.
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). PoolSafely.govexternal icon – 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.