Safety and Risk Management

  • Considering the Risks of Chemical Interaction

    When chemicals are combined incorrectly it can create hazardous conditions for maintenance people and anyone nearby.

  • Lifeguards: Identify Risky Patron Behaviors

    Lifeguards identify signals that indicate potential life-threatening incidents

  • Child Safety Policy

    One aquatics management firm executes a simple system to save lives

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    Tools of the Trade

    Aquatics facility maintenance and operation is a critical component of maintaining health and safety.

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    Federal Mandates

    In the last several years, the federal government has been playing a larger role in aquatic rules and regulations.

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    Safety Factors 

    In April 2009, a committee was formed to develop the Risk Management/Safety Module for the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code.

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    Removing Barriers

    For the nearly 20 percent of the population with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act removed architectural and social barriers that had prevented them from enjoying the same privileges of living in the United States as able-bodied citizens

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    Vested Interest

    There is no way to guarantee a child will be safe in an aquatic environment. However, there are ways to decrease the risks associated with visiting a pool.

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    What’s in the Water?

    Whether your facility has one water venue or many, it is at risk for a recreational water illness (RWI) outbreak

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    Rescuing the Rescuers

    Your lifeguards turned out a top-notch performance

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    Coded Language 

    In the development of the Model Aquatic Health Code, one of the more challenging technical committees has been the group tackling lifeguarding/bather supervision.

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    Shallow Trouble?

    With large aquatics centers and waterparks increasing in popularity

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    Changing of the Guards

    As a risk manager at Redwoods, I have had the opportunity to perform risk management assessments at hundreds of aquatics facilities around the nation.

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    Compatibility Issues

    I’ve always advocated the need for aquatics facilities to collaborate and coordinate lifeguard and water rescue training and emergency operations with community fire, rescue, emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement agencies.

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    Getting the Message

    Yep, teens, for the most part, represent the face of the aquatics facility

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    Failing Inspection

    Americans love their swimming pools. In fact, an estimated 7.4 million vessels are in active use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Willing and Able 

    Why should aquatics professionals earn their credential in adapted aquatics? 

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    Cover Flow

    Lately, it seems the only news we hear involving facility construction and aquatics management relates to the enactment and enforcement of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

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    Jacket Required

    Over the years, I have experienced a great deal of criticism from guests, and even fellow waterpark managers, for our policies requiring life jackets for younger guests.

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    Getting Current Counterpoint

    It’s good to see Aquatics International run an article regarding rip currents, which United States Lifesaving Association statistics attribute to over 80 percent of drowning deaths at U.S. surf beaches (and presumably those around the world).


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