2016 Annex to the Model Aquatic Health Code : scientific rationale. 2nd edition, July 2016.
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2016 Annex to the Model Aquatic Health Code : scientific rationale. 2nd edition, July 2016.

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      Posted on 07/18/2016

      This information is distributed solely as guidance for the purpose of assisting state and local health departments, aquatic facility inspection programs, building officials, the aquatics sector, and other interested parties in improving the health and safety at public aquatic facilities. This document does not address all health and safety concerns associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this document to establish appropriate health and safety practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to each use.

      The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a set of voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices that were developed to help programs that regulate public aquatic facilities reduce the risk of disease, injury, and drowning in their communities. The MAHC is a leap forward from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) operational and technical manuals published in 1959, 1976, and 1981 and a logical progression of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program started in 2001. The 2016 MAHC underscores CDC’s long-term involvement and commitment to improving aquatic health and safety. The MAHC guidance document stemmed from concern about the increasing number of pool-associated outbreaks starting in the mid-1990s. Creation of the MAHC was the major recommendation of a 2005 national workshop held in Atlanta, Georgia charged with developing recommendations to reduce these outbreaks. Federal, state, and local public health officials and the aquatics sector formed an unprecedented collaboration to create the MAHC. The MAHC will be regularly updated using input from a national stakeholder partnership called the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). The CMAHC was formed to keep the MAHC up to date and current with the latest advances in the aquatics industry while also responding to public health reports of disease and injury. The partnership hopes this truly will lead to achieving the MAHC vision of “Healthy and Safe Aquatic Experiences for Everyone” in the future.

      The 2016 MAHC utilized the first time CMAHC conference process to collect, assess, and relay MAHC Change Request recommendations to CDC. The first CMAHC Vote on the Code Biennial Conference was held October 6-7, 2015 in Phoenix Arizona, a little over one year after CDC’s release of the 2014 MAHC, 1st Edition. CDC utilized CMAHC’s input to revise the MAHC and plans to utilize the CMAHC conference process to update future versions of the MAHC.



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