Developing Standards For Public Pools

Research also found parallels between public swimming pool operation and public restaurant operations as they pertain to public health. The OT committee then researched the public restaurant training and certification requirements.

Based upon this research, the committee concluded there is sufficient documentation that a public swimming pool is statistically safer when it is operated by–or reviewed by–a trained and certified operator. Therefore, it was a logical conclusion that it is in the best interest of both the public and the aquatic industry to require a qualified operator for every public swimming pool.

In some pools, such as those in water parks and large venues, it may be determined that a certified operator should be on-site anytime the pool is open for use. In other venues, such as apartment complexes and motels, it may be decided that a certified operator should periodically review the operation and be available on call anytime a public pool is open for use. In the latter case, the certified operator may be an independent contractor, such as a pool service.

Section 6.1.1 of the MAHC identifies the requirement for a certified operator. The annex for this section reviewed various areas of discussion, such as cognitive versus core skill-training requirements, electronic web-based training versus on-site training, and acceptable means for assessing an operator’s competency. Section 6.1.2 of the code identifies the minimum essential topics a certified-operator training course must include.

The Operator Training module in sections 6.1.3 to 6.1.13 identifies other general course requirements and certification requirements.

Other sections that have been posted for public comments are Module 4.6.2, ventilation and air quality, the Preface and Definitions section, and the Fecal/Vomit/Blood/Contamination Response section. The details and actual language of drafts of each completed module and those open for comment can be found at the CDC’s website at

Once all modules have been posted for the first 60-day review, a complete draft will again be posted for public comment.

Dennis Berkshire is a Senior Associate of Aquatic Design Group. He can be reached via email at

How Do I Submit Public Comments?

Download and fill out the CDC’s comment form and return it via mail or email to the agency. This is the only acceptable form for public comments. It is available at

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