As pools begin to open and the public begins to enjoy summer sun by the water, join OneBeacon Government Risks (OBGR) this May in celebrating and participating in National Water Safety Month. National Water Safety Month is a movement supported by the National Recreation & Parks Association, the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association and is designed to educate the public on safer water practices. OBGRs wants to provide your public entity with the tools necessary to ensure safer practices for your community in and around the water.
One of the most important tools available for public entities managing swimming pools is The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).
Here are 6 ‘need to know’ facts about the MAHC:
- The MAHC is not a federal law and the use of it is voluntary. It is a completely free resource.
- The most recent update of the MACH was released August 29, 2014.
- The MAHC is regularly updated and improved by a non-profit organization, the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). This group was created in 2013. Learn more about the council and how you can be a part of it here: https://cmahc.org/index.php
- The guide was created to help make water activities healthier and safer. As a public entity, you can utilize the MAHC to update or create your own pool codes to help reduce risk.
- The MAHC addresses everything from design to operation, maintenance, construction, policies and management.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers presentations, webinars and virtual conferences for education and training on the MAHC. You can find those resources here: http://www.cdc.gov/mahc/training-education.html
For more information regarding The Model Aquatic Health Code, visit their website at http://www.cdc.gov/mahc/index.html
Also, you can view their infographic: http://www.cdc.gov/mahc/infographic-decoding-lg.html
For more resources regarding National Water Safety Month, visit their website at www.nationalwatersafetymonth.com.