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Policy & Recommendations

Below are key stakeholder links to current and historic policy documents, position statements, technical reports, and other articles related to recreational water health and safety as it relates to the MAHC. These resources provide examples of stakeholder support for the MAHC that may be useful in educating stakeholders and may serve as models for stakeholder engagement in your community.

Policy Statements and Other Stakeholder Support for the MAHC

Stakeholders Using the MAHC as a Public Health Indicator

State map showing the NSC grading scale of states in the US that are on track or not for having one of the following indicators for helping to prevent drownings. Indicator 1: State has updated public pol and water facility regulations to conform with the Model Aquatic Health code; Indicator 2: High school graduates are required to know CPR; Indicator 3: Regulations require barriers to be installed around residential pools. Green is on track with 3 out of 3 indicators (Arizona only), gray is developing these indicators with 2 indicators in place (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine), red is off track with 1 or zero indicators in place (California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts.

The National Safety Council (NSC) “The State of Safety” [PDF – 25 pages] report now references the MAHC as an indicator for improved state status in drowning prevention. The NSC uses three indicators including “State has updated public pool and water facility regulations to conform with Model Aquatic Health Code”. See the full report. [PDF – 25 pages] The drowning indicator discussion can be found on page 26.

Policy Statements and Articles that Led to the Creation of the MAHC