Imagine a time when commercial pool codes are consistent
across the country. That dream moved one step closer to
reality this spring as discussion about rewriting the
commercial pool standard continued at a meeting of the
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals?
Commercial Council in Austin.
The group?s goal is to revamp the current
American National Standards Institute-1 standard for public
pools. This more detailed version will be easier to adopt
by various code bodies in all 50 states and even
internationally, said Suzanne Barrows, senior director of
communications and marketing at the Alexandria, Va.- based
Council Chairman Michael Garland said there?s no
continuity among local jurisdictions. ?The current
[standard] is lacking,? he said. ?There are
several different codes that conflict and there?s a
lot of information that isn?t even
The rewritten standard will address design, construction
and operations of all types of public pools, including
waterparks, Barrows said. The current standard will be a
much bigger document that will be easier for states to
adopt into code.
?We want this standard to be as well-known as
the National Electric Code 680,? Garland said.
Currently, the APSP Commercial Council has met three
times since its inception a year ago and held two Webcast
meetings and several conference calls on the subject.
Members are identifying experts and stakeholders in the
various fields that the standard will cover, including
lifeguards, designers and government officials. They plan
to follow the ANSI process, which includes a review period
inviting comments. Barrows anticipates the process will
take a couple of years.