MAHC Tools and Training

This page includes forms, protocols, and other resources for public health officials and aquatics staff using MAHC recommendations or otherwise strengthening their aquatic health and safety programs. Some of these are editable documents, allowing users to customize them to meet their specific needs. For more resources that can be used to educate others about the MAHC, please visit the Communication Resources page.

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General MAHC Resources
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Aquatic Facility Inspection Form [PDF – 2 pages]

Use our inspection form to conduct inspections based on the MAHC. Our additional inspection form resources help you calculate inspection scores and find MAHC provisions by inspection item.

Cheat Sheet for Calculating Scores for the Aquatic Facility Inspection Form [PDF – 4 pages].

Cross-Reference Guide for the Aquatic Facility Inspection Form [PDF – 34 pages].

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MAHC Network

Explore webinars and other resources through this community for MAHC users and those interested in learning about the MAHC (hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and sponsored by CDC).

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Interested in what the 2018 MAHC has to say on a specific topic? Check out the mini-MAHCs, which were developed using the 3rd edition of the MAHC and aggregate code and annex text into concise documents for topics such as Cryptosporidium, pool chemical injuries, diaper changing, and more.

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MAHC Search Tool

Search the MAHC rapidly by section number or keyword to find Code text and corresponding Annex text (provided by the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, CMAHC).

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Pool Inspection Training for Environmental Health Professionals

Learn about aquatic facility systems and walk through a pool inspection (hosted by the National Environmental Health Association and sponsored by CDC).

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Fatal and Nonfatal Drowning Investigation Form

Create or update your form for investigating drowning events.

Aquatic Facility Protocols
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Body Fluid Contamination Response Log

Use this document to record actions taken in response to body fluid incidents.

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Hyperchlorination to Kill Cryptosporidium [PDF – 2 pages]

Use step-by-step guidance on hyperchlorinating to kill Cryptosporidium if a public aquatic venue is associated with (or suspected to be associated with) a cryptosporidiosis outbreak. (Note: this protocol is identical to that for diarrheal incidents because those are considered high-risk Cryptosporidium contamination events.)

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Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces

Access step-by-step guidance on cleaning and then disinfecting surfaces that have been contaminated with feces, vomit, or blood.

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Recommendations for Preventing Pool Chemical–Associated Injuries

Check out recommendations to help protect aquatics staff and patron safety by minimizing the risk of pool chemical injuries.

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Water Circulation Dye Test Procedure [PDF – 2 pages]

Guidance on how to check pool water circulation and mixing (applies to MAHC Sections,, and and to Appendix 3 in the Annex; courtesy of Alberta Health, Government of Alberta, Canada).

Preventing the Spread of Germs in Splash Pads: A Quick Guide for Health Departments and Operators

Quick Guides on Splash Pads and Floatation Tanks

Explore these quick guides for health departments and operators (developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials through a cooperative agreement with CDC).