He’s never held a political office, but you can still call Jim Dingman a rule maker. As a lead regulatory engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, an independent product safety testing and certification agency, Dingman is responsible for writing and
evaluating regulations and standards that deal with environmental health. This includes anything related to public swimming pools.
He is also chair of the Disinfection and Water Quality Technical
Committee for the Model Aquatic Health Code project.
“I liked the idea of being a regulator,” Dingman
A 13-year veteran at the Northbrook, Ill.-based company, Dingman
got his start serving on the Environmental and Public Health
Council, a sounding board and advisory committee. At that time he
was at Colorado’s Tri-County Health Department in the Denver
area. While at T-CHD, he chaired the swimming pool team, helped
update Colorado’s state pool codes, and became a certified
pool operator and CPO instructor.
It was the possibility of having a uniform, nationwide code rather
than a number of widely varying state codes that drew Dingman to
want to be involved with the MAHC.
The Disinfection and Water Quality Technical Committee that he
leads is responsible for evaluating all of the chemicals and
processes that pertain to actual disinfection and water quality
parameters, such as combined chlorine levels or total alkalinity,
“My role as chair is to make sure we adequately address all
of the different water quality parameters and, if possible, come to
a consensus,” he adds. “When we’re not in
consensus, we go by majority, although this is a rare