Sep 10, 2014

CDC Launches Model Aquatic Health Code 1st Edition

The MAHC will help make swimming healthier and safer

CDC Model Aquatic Health Code 1st Edition

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) launched the nation’s first voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices for improving health and safety at swimming pools and other aquatic venues: the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition. The MAHC is a collaborative effort of public health, academia and industry working to protect individuals, families and communities from preventable waterborne diseases and injuries through evidence-based guidance. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning and pool chemical injuries.

CDC thanked the many organizations and individuals who worked together to develop this document. It is a product of seven years of work involving a steering committee, 12 technical committees, 140 people, and input and consensus from public health, aquatics and academic professionals. In two rounds of public comment, it received more than 4,400 comments — nearly three-quarters of which were accepted to help improve the MAHC.

CDC also updated and created a number of materials to help potential users and stakeholders learn about the MAHC: