As assistant Commissioner at the Westchester County (N.Y.) Bureau of Public Health Protection, Frank Guido was responsible for 600 public pools and more than 40 public bathing beaches.
That was before he retired recently.
Today Guido is, in part, responsible for an entire nation of pools.
He chairs the Regulatory Program Administration Technical Committee
for the Model Aquatic Health Code project.
“I’ve been involved in aquatics from a number of
points, including doing inspections, ” Guido says.
“What always interested me about pools is that they’re
artificial, man-made environments. We are constructing them and we
can and should make them as safe as possible by building out as
many issues as possible and training staff.”
He first learned about the MAHC online and became involved in
According to Guido, the purpose of the technical committee he
chairs is to determine what should go into architectural plans and
pool inspections. This includes answering questions such as: What
equipment should be required? What kind of training should be
mandatory for inspectors? What criteria should be used to determine
if a certified pool operator should be required on site?
In the end, experience working on the New York State Food Code has
led Guido to believe that a national aquatic code is long
“Even if all jurisdictions don’t adopt the MAHC, they
can use it as a reference,” he says.