Effective Or Inadequate?

Despite this lack of concern as to the accuracy of Drs. Gage and Bidwell’s findings, it is obvious those in the know are well aware that current regulations are inadequate to protect bathers from the constant risks in a swimming pool. It only takes exposure to a few molecules of a pathogen to infect an unsuspecting bather or swimmer.

No process will entirely remove this risk, but there are methods and equipment to significantly lessen the risk, but only if the regulations address them.

It would be presumptuous to speculate on why this vital ingredient in aquatic safety has been delegated to secondary status in the regulations and certification courses.

Neither the APSP 4-day, 10-hours-a-day Certified Service Technician’s course and accompanying 500-page tech manual used as the course guide for its Certified Maintenance Specialist and the highest-level certification in the industry its Certified Service Professional, the NSPF’s prestigious Certified Pool and Spa Operator (CPO) certification course and handbook, the NRPS-certified Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) course and handbook or the Aquatic Training Institutes certified Pool Technician course and handbooks give more than a passing reference, if that, to the importance of removing particles smaller than 20 microns from the pool.

They and the regulations do not require any constant minimum filtration flow rates, nor do they mention, much less promote, any need for pool vacuums that will filter these dangerous, sub-20 micron contaminants, despite the fact there have long been cleaners and vacuums that will filter particles as small as 2 microns.

Bather safety is clearly a humane mission of legislators, health and safety departments, and certainly eminent organizations like the CDC and NSPF. The need for a uniform, if not a national aquatic safety code, is obvious.

However, to be truly effective in protecting bathers from the risks caused by dangerous pathogens, more stringent regulations are necessary.

Richard K. Cacioppo, Sr., J.D., is director of the Institute For Public Pool Studies in Princeton, N.J. He can be reached at rich@watertechcorp.com.


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