2018 Model Aquatic Health Code : Code language, 3rd Edition, July 2018
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2018 Model Aquatic Health Code : Code language, 3rd Edition, July 2018

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      3rd edition, July 2018

      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 3rd Edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is the latest effort to improve the MAHC, which is a set of voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices. The MAHC was 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 2018 MAHC 3rd Edition 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, particularly of cryptosporidiosis, 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 7-year collaboration to create the MAHC for release in 2014. The MAHC is now being regularly updated using input from the national stakeholder partnership created and maintained by 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 CMAHC has now led two national aquatics stakeholder conferences in 2015 and 2017 to solicit, review, and vote on proposed updates to the MAHC. CDC appreciates the breadth of input and commitment to excellence that serves as the foundation for the CMAHC’s work. The process and quality of recommendations have improved each time and the CMAHC is making its mark as a pre-eminent force in the aquatics arena. As CDC documents adoption of MAHC-specific guidance components and observes its impact on the aquatics sector, even ahead of adoption, it is clear that the MAHC is filling a gap in public health and safety. The partnership between public health, the aquatics sector, the CMAHC, and academia strengthens the opportunity for achieving the MAHC vision of “Healthy and Safe Aquatic Experiences for Everyone”.

      The 2018 MAHC 3rd Edition utilized the CMAHC conference process to collect, assess, and relay MAHC Change Request recommendations to CDC and plans to utilize the CMAHC conference process to update all future versions of the MAHC. The second CMAHC Vote on the Code Biennial Conference was held October 17- 18, 2017, in Broomfield, Colorado



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