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Model Aquatic Health Code
Model Aquatic Health Code

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Doug Sackett

Mr. Sackett has worked for the New York State Department of Health for 36 years. Since 1987 he has been involved in the management of the statewide swimming pool and bathing beach regulatory program including the coordination of investigations of illnesses associated with recreational water and drownings at regulated swimming pools and beaches throughout the State and for the analysis of the data from these epidemiological investigations.

Mr. Sackett is the Director of CDCís project to develop a National Model Aquatic Health Code.

He is a member for the Board of Directors for the National Swimming Pool Foundation, served as a member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation Technical Advisory Committee for the Certified Public Pool Inspector Training Program and as a member of the American Red Cross Technical Advisory Team for the Lifeguard Management Program (2002).


The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) effort began in 2007. The goal is to develop a Model Aquatic Health Code that is user-friendly, knowledge-based, and scientifically supported in an effort to reduce risk and promote healthy recreational water experiences. The objective of the MAHC is to transform varied swimming pool regulations used by health departments into a uniform model national code to ensure the health and safety of the swimming public.

There is no federal authority for disinfected recreational venues. As a result, the MAHC will serve as a model and guide for local and state agencies to update or implement a pool code in their jurisdiction.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the MAHC process and a status update of progress to date. It will also include a discussion of key concepts in the modules and elements that represent forward thinking for patron and staff health and safety at aquatic venues.

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