MAHC Tools and Training

What to know

This page includes forms, protocols, and other resources for public health officials and aquatics staff using MAHC recommendations or otherwise working to strengthen their aquatic health and safety programs. Some of these are editable documents, allowing users to customize them to meet their specific needs.

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General MAHC Resources

Aquatic Facility Inspection Form

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.

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).


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.

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).

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).

Fatal and Nonfatal Drowning Investigation Form

Create or update your form for investigating drowning events.

Aquatic Facility Protocols

Fecal Incident Response Recommendations for Pool Staff

Explore step-by-step guidance on responding to fecal contamination.

Body Fluid Contamination Response Log

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

Hyperchlorination to Kill Cryptosporidium

Use step-by-step guidance on hyperchlorinating to kill Cryptosporidium if a public aquatic venue is associated (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.)

Hyperchlorination to Kill Crypto When Chlorine Stabilizer Is in the Water

Hyperchlorination to Kill Crypto When Chlorine Stabilizer Is NOT in the Water

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.

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.

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).