First free event will be held at the World Aquatic Health Conference in Colorado
The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) will host the first of three Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) National Pool and Spa Safety Events to help bring all public pools and spas into compliance with the P&SSAct on Oct. 6 at the World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC). The Safety Event is slated from 8 a.m. -11 a.m. at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 South Cascade, Colorado Springs, Colo. People interested in attending should register at www.nspf.org or call 719.540.9119. There is no charge to attend this event.
The National Pool and Spa Safety Events are essential to meeting the CPSC’s mission to educate state and local health officials, as well as the public and media, on compliance procedures as outlined by guidance documents provided by the CPSC. The P&SSAct required all 300,000 public pools and spas to come into compliance by Dec. 19, 2008, but up to 50% of public pools and spas may not yet be in compliance.
The first National CPSC Pool and Spa Safety Event will be a three-hour event, and will consist of training, educational materials, demonstrations and a subject matter expert from CPSC to answer questions. Public health inspectors working in the field, state and local health officials, regulators, pool and spa operators, aquatic facility managers, interested individuals and media are encouraged to attend and participate in this event. The Safety Event will be videotaped and posted on the NSPF Web site, www.nspf.org and on the CPSC Web site, http://www.poolsafety.gov. Two additional National Pool and Spa Safety Events are planned for 2011. Locations, dates, and schedule will be announced.
NSPF has a long history of working with environmental health officials and departments. The Foundation has given over 1.1 million dollars in grants since 2003 to help prevent recreational water illness, drowning, injuries and chemical exposure. For the last three years, NSPF has hosted the National Swimming Pool Environmental Health Leader Conference (NSPEHL) at no cost to attending environmental health officials. The conference has become recognized as a key meeting to foster communication, best practices, and problem solving between state and county health departments. The 2010 NSPEHL meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., immediately after the Safety Event, prior to the WAHC welcome reception at 7 p.m. The placement of this event will allow leading environmental health officials to connect to the most current research and educational materials. The 2009 NSPEHL meeting reported record attendance: 22 states and the District of Columbia were represented, which account for regions that represent about 80% of the nation’s public pools. The four states with the most pools – California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona – all were represented. At that meeting, attending health officials requested that the CPSC have greater collaboration with health departments and asked that NSPF play a more prominent role in disseminating information between environmental health officials and the CPSC.