MAHC Tools and Training

This page includes a network, tools, forms, trainings, and protocols for public health officials and aquatic staff using MAHC recommendations or otherwise strengthening their aquatic health and safety programs. Some of these resources are posted as editable documents so users can customize them to meet their specific needs. For additional resources, like fact sheet, that can be used to educate others about the MAHC, please visit our Communication Resources page.

If you have ideas about other tools to support MAHC-related work, email MAHC@cdc.gov.

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

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Mini-MAHCs

Interested in what the MAHC has to say on a specific topic? Peruse our mini-MAHCs, which aggregate code and annex language into concise documents for topics such as Cryptosporidium, chemical injuries, diaper changing, and more.

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Rapidly search the MAHC by section number or keyword to find Code language and associated Annex language (provided by the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code, CMAHC).

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Public Health and Industry Framework for Comparing the MAHC with Existing Pool Codes

Compare your pool code and practices to those the MAHC recommends to identify important differences.

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MAHC-Based Model Inspection Formpdf icon

Download the MAHC Aquatic Facility Inspection Reportpdf icon.

Use the MAHC Aquatic Facility Inspection Report Cheat Sheetpdf icon for help filling out the inspection report.

Quickly locate Code and Annex elements by inspection report item number with our MAHC Cross-Reference Guide for Conducting an Inspectionpdf icon.

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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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Create or update your form for investigating drowning events (applies to MAHC Section 6.4.1.4, courtesy of the New York State Department of Health).

Aquatic Facility Protocols
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Aquatics staff: Document your response to body fluid incidents (applies to MAHC Section 6.4.1.8).

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Use our 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, as addressed in MAHC Section 6.5. (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 our step-by-step guidance on cleaning and then disinfecting surfaces that have been contaminated with feces, vomit, or blood (applies to MAHC Section 6.5.4).

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Recommendations for Preventing Pool Chemical–Associated Injuries

Read our recommendations to protect aquatic staff and patron safety by minimizing the risk of pool chemical injuries (applies to MAHC Sections 4.9.2, 5.9.1, and 5.9.2).

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Water Circulation Dye Test Procedurepdf icon

Guidance on how to check pool water circulation and mixing (applies to MAHC Sections 4.7.1.3.3, 4.7.1.3.3.5, and 5.7.1.3 and to Appendix 3 in the Annex; courtesy of Alberta Health, Government of Alberta, Canada).

Page last reviewed: August 12, 2021