ATTENTION CONCRETE POOL BUILDERS – 11/14/17
OSHA has issued a new Crystalline Silica Rule for Construction which affect pool builders. OSHA is issuing a new standard to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica in one for construction. The standard requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers. Read more here.
APSP & NSPF BOARDS ANNOUNCE UNIFICATION PROCESS ENDS – 1/6/17
The Board of Directors of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Swimming Pool Foundation® announce today they will not continue with the unification process to consolidate the two organizations. Each will operate independently carrying on their missions. Read more on the decision here.
NEW ROCKLAND COUNTY REQUIREMENTS – 12/09/16
Do you own or work for a swimming pool company in Rockland County in New York? All license applications and renewals now require an APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS) or higher certification. Call us for certification information at 732-451-1040!
FLORIDA COMMERCIAL POOL CODE CHANGES – 11/21/16
There are chnages on the horizon for Florida’s commercial pool code. One of them will create more design opportunities; two of them will outlaw color and material options for the sake of safety. Read more here.
NEW JERSEY COULD HAVE NEW POOL LICENSING BILL – 10/06/16
There is a vote in New Jersey coming to enact state licensing for pool and spa service and construction. Connecticut, and some counties in New York, already have these licensing laws in place. If voted upon, New Jersey pool companies would be required to have industry specific licesnes of having received the APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist certification, Certified Building Professional, or Certified Maintenance Specialist, or an equivalent. Read more here.
OSHA NEWS – 10/04/16
Effective in 2017 – Certain employers must electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA. Data submissions will be phased in as follows:
NEW LICENSING REQUIREMENTS! – 9/27/16
Attention Members Doing Business in Rockland County, NY
As of May 17, 2016, Rockland County requires home improvement contractors with license classification 25 -Swimming Pool Installation Contractor or 26 – Swimming Pool Service Contractor to supply proof of continuing education course completion with their new application or renewal. See below for education requirements.
Classification 25: Swimming Pool Installation Contractor now requires
Classification 26: Swimming Pool Service Contractor now requires
APSP AND PARTNERS GARNISH BILLIONS IN SAVINGS WITH POOL PUMPS FOR HOMEOWNERS – 8/8/16
Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved today by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee.
OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties on Fines – 8/2/16
As of August 1st, OSHA has increased their maximum penalties for serious (other-than-serious posting requirements), failure to abate and willful or repeated violations. OSHA will also increase these rates based upon inflation in the years to come. Review the new rates here.
CDC Releases 2nd Edition of Model Aquatic Health Code – 7/18/16
The CDC has released the 2nd edition and annex for the Model Aquatic Health Code. This guidance document offers insignt to states to help when they are updating their own state code. Check them out here.
NSPF® Requesting Proposals for a “Learn To Swim Index – 7/12/16
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) seeks proposal by August 31, 2016 to create a “Learn-to-Swim Index” (LTS Index) that tracks how many people complete formal swim lessons in the United States. Proposals will describe the experience and methodology a Principal Researcher will use to create the Index that represents the number of individuals who learn to swim from formal lessons.
ATTENTION COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN NEW JERSEY – 5/23/16
Building Code Now References 2015 ISPSC. As of May 1, 2016, New Jersey has officially adopted and implemented the new building code and residential code. This new construction code now references the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC). IMPORTANT! Code officials throughout New Jersey are requiring references to the 2015 ISPSC in applications for permits. It is important that you reference the new code in permit applications for projects.
CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ABOUT POOLS IN HABITAT – 5/2/16
Read this article featuring advice from Trevor Sherwood from Pool Operation Management about securing pool service and managing commercial pools at condominiums.
APSP ADVOCATING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE POOL INDUSTRY – 4/25/16
Did you know homeowners can save $753 in energy cost savings a year by replacing their single speed pump with a variable speed pump? And APSP is advocating to on your behalf for energy and tax incentives. See how here. Interested in getting a variable speed pump? Call us now!
NSPF AND APSP ARE MERGING THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS – 4/12/16
The merger between the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) is big news in the pool industry. While the details are still being worked out, you can read about the merger here. More news on the merger is here.
CHECK OUT THE WALL FROM THE 2016 AC POOL AND SPA SHOW – 4/4/16
The Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) presented a live, interactive demonstration focused on swimming pool hydraulics which gave show attendees a greater understanding of how the flow of water can be improved or hurt by a variety of design and system conditions. Check out the wall here.
LONG AWAITED STANDARD FOR PLASTERING SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS APPROVED BY ANSI – 2/9/16
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)/National Plasterers Council (NPC) –12 2016 Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas. This standard outlines provides a consensus on how to plaster pools and spas. Read more here.
BROWARD COUNTY IN FLORIDA LAUNCHES WATER SMART CAMPAIGN – 2/1/16
The Department of Health has launched a water smart campaign to bring awareness of how quick and easy a toddler finds water. Read more here: http://www.watersmartbroward.org/
Drowning is the LEADING cause of injury death to children ages 1-4. To better protect your children:
DELAWARE POOLS REGISTER FOR CPO® TODAY – 1/2/16
S.R.SMITH RECALLS POOL LIFTS – 12/28/15
On December 17, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a press release stating that the pool product manufacturer, S.R. Smith, is recalling just under 1900 pool access lifts. The lifts come from the company’s Splash! and PAL Hi/Lo and Spa lines. Read more here.
POOL OPERATION MANAGEMENT RECEIVES SEVERAL AWARDS – 08/26/15
Pool Operation Management is pleased to announce that over the past year our company’s performance as National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Instructors has resulted in several 2015 NSPF Instructor Awards! Specifically, Pool Operation Management has earned five awards in regard to teaching the CPO® Certification Course. See our award winning team here.
CT PASSES ABOVE GROUND POOL LICENSE LAW – 07/23/15
Starting April 2016, aboveground pool installers working in Connecticut will need a special license. The Above Ground Pool Assembler’s License will help to curtail job-site errors. Connecticut also has two additional pool licenses — one for builders – SPB and the other for service technicians, SP1. Read more about it here.
SPA DRAIN COVERS RECALLED – 10/29/14
Waterway Plastics has recalled a drain cover used on certain portable spas. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 26,000 Designer Pro Series Suction Covers installed in certain hot tub models produced by Catalina Spas, Four Winds Spas, Dimension One Spas and Sunrise Spas from June 2011 to June 2013. The black and silver, round-shaped drains are stamped with the number 640-52XX S on the outside edge of the plastic. The manufacturer can be reached on its recall hotline, (866)719-6044, during regular business hours, Pacific Time. Affected parties also can go to at www.waterwayplastics.com and click “recall” under the Resources pull-down tab. See who is affected here.
MODEL AQUATIC HEALTH CODE 1ST EDITION RELEASED- 9/4/14
The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is the nation’s first voluntary guideline based on scientific research and best practices to improve health and safety at aquatic facilities. The MAHC can be used by state and local governments to create a pool code that will help reduce risk for outbreaks, drownings, and injuries. Read it Here.
FIRST KNOWN CHILD ENTRAPMENT DEATH SINCE POOL AND SPA SAFETY ACT – 6/20/14
On May 31, 2014, a child becasme entrapped in a residential spa in California. http://www.poolspanews.com/safety/young-boy-dies-from-entrapment_o.aspx?dfpzone=homedf
AMERICAN RED CROSS RELAEASES NATIONAL SURVEY ON SWIMMING COMPETENCIES – 6/20/14
This new survey shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. The survey found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the self-described swimmers can perform all five basic water skills: ability to step or jump into the water over your head; return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute; turn around in a full circle and exit; swim 25 yards to the exit; and exit from the water. If in pool, you must be able to exit without using a ladder. Overall, survey results show 54% of Americans either can’t swim or don’t have all the basic swimming skills. See full results: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m32740103_Water-Safety-Poll-2014.pdf
SAFETY ALERT – POOL ELECTROCUTIONS – 5/23/14
Many states including, NY, NJ, PA, CT, require an electrical grounding and bonding inspection to be completed during the construction of a new pool. This inspection and approval must be received prior to the pool being used. For homeowners who have an older pool or have recently acquired a pool during a home purchase, it is suggested that they contact a qualified, licensed electrician to run an electrical safety test in and around the pool. This inspection will not only give the homeowner peace of mind but it may also catch a potential problem. For commercial pools, electrical bonding and grounding is required during the installation. For more information or questions, please contact your local or state electrical code enforcement agency.
FLORIDA BILL COULD CHANGE POOL PERMITTING – 3/6/14
Florida House Bill 593 would require pool builders to first apply for an operating permit from a county Health Department before even applying for a building permit. By doing such, contractors would be protecting themselves from costly mistakes after the build by having health officials review plans before construction. If approved, it would go effect in July.
CHECK YOUR DRAINS COVERS TODAY! –
This December will mark five years since the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Act required all commercial pool and spa drains to have new VGB certified covers. Part of the law also required the manufacturer to provide a life span for each cover and a fair majority were between 5-7 years. Here are manufacturers life expectancies. Remember to replace with only ANSI/ASME A112.19.8 (2007) standard or any successor standard on every suction outlet (On July 27, 2011, the Commission unanimously approved ANSI/APSP 16-2011 as the successor suction outlet cover standard which pool operators need to follow to comply with the P&SS Act) and use new accompanying screws.
AquaStar Pool Products, Inc. (877) 768-2717, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manufacturer says all VGB 2008 Compliant drains have a five (5) year life expectancy.
Lawson Aquatics – 800-832-8002, email@example.com
Manufacturer says drains have a 10 year warranty and no expiration date and needs to be inspected after 10 years.
Hayward – Hayward Technical Services, 908-355-7995, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manufacturer says drains have a seven (7) year life expectancy.
DrainSafe 360, 800-513-4372, email@example.com
Manufacturer says replace every three (3) years.
World Wide Star 100, (970) 510-0836, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manufacturer says replace every three (3) years.
CHANGED MADE TO CPO CERTIFICATES – 01/02/14
The National Swimming Pool Foundation has made changes to the certificates to ensure that students are able to keep their same certificate numbers upon renewal.
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY LICENSING REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET FOR POOL AND SPA WORK – 7/19/13
Pool and Spa Builders/Installers and Pool, Spa and Portable Hot Tub Service Contractors
Pool Maintenance Companies
ADA LAWSUITS BEGINNING TO EMERGE – 4/11/13
Since the ADA regulations for swimming pools finally went into effect, lawsuits are starting to emerge against facitilies that are not in compliance. Read More.
CONNECTICUT LICENSING REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET FOR POOL AND SPA WORK – 4/6/13
NESPA and CONSPA have developed a comprehensive resource designed to answer your questions about the Pool and Spa Maintenance and Repair License (SP-1 & SP-2) and the Swimming Pool Builder License (SPBL). Click here to find out the answers to frequently asked questions and to download the forms needed to apply for licensing in Connecticut.
CPO® IS APPROVED PROGRAM FOR POOL OPERATORS IN NEW YORK CITY – 3/25/13
In New York City, a Pool Operator Certificate is required to operate a pool in a health club, residential apartment building, hotel and or other location where the public may have access to the pool. The certificate ensures that the operator has been trained in the safe and effective operation and maintenance of pool treatment equipment. The following is a list of courses that have been approved by the New York State Department of Health to provide certification courses in pool operations. THE NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT COURSE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTED. Click here
NEW BILL POSSIBLE IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR SERVICE COMPANIES – 2/24/13
A new bill on the horizon in Massachusetts would require both a license to build and a license to service swimming pools and spas.STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.
NASSUA COUNTY, NEW YORK REQUIRES ALL POOL COMPANIES TO BE CERTIFIED – 2/24/13
Regulations in Nassau County, New York, now require all pool companies who service and/or build pool possession certification from the APSP as well as a minimum of five years industry experience. If you do not have time to become certified, make sure you are using a ceritifed pool company such as Pool Operation Management. For information on how to become certified, click here.
DEADLINE FOR ADA COMPLAINCE HERE – 2/3/13
Existing pools and spas under Title II & III – hotels/motels, fitness clubs, recreation centers, country clubs township pools – must comply with ADA regualtions for handicap access. For Title III facilities, portable lifts purchased before March 15, 2012, are allowed but must be kept poolside and ready to use while the pool is open. Reviiew the DOJ technical assistance document here and FAQS here as well as an article on the history to date.
The 2010 ADA Standard went into effect March 15, 2012. The sections of ADA standard that applies to swimming pools, wading pools and spas are:
1. Title II (Public Industry) – All public entities at the local and state levels, i.e., Parks and Recreation Pools, Universities and Colleges, Town Pools, etc
2. Title III (Private Industry) – Any place of public accommodation (commercial facilities), i.e. Hotels, Motels, Health Clubs, Schools, and Community Centers.
Those facilities not affected are: Private Residences, Apartments*, Condominiums*
* However if the apartments or condominium do the following, they are then required to comply with 2010 ADA standard:
NEW JERSEY UPDATED REGUALTION FOR UCC – 11/5/12
Effective Monday, November 5th, New Jersey will update the Uniform Construction Code 5:23-2.20.The change permits the bonding and grounding certificate (that is already required by UCC) to cover more than one swimming pool, spa, or hot tub, and reduces the fee for the bonding and grounding of swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs when there is more than one unit within the same vicinity.
NEW BALTIMORE COUNTY POOL OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS – 11/1/12
Baltimore County has updated their requirements to become a Baltimore County Pool Operator. The following are the updated requirements from the Department Environmental Health Services:
Students must provide:
Baltimore County EHS.
9100 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 230
Baltimore, MD 21237-3903
email@example.com (for questions)
Open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm
AED’s NOW REQUIRED AT POOL IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND – 8/2/12
All public and semipublic pools in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County now must have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on site, due to a new law enacted in July 2012. It affects 275 pools in the county, which is located on the Chesapeake Bay and home to the state capital of Annapolis. Read More Here.
SOUTH CAROLINA LOOKS TO MAKE STRICTER RULES OF RESIDENTIAL POOL BUILDERS – 6/5/12
A new bill is being proposed during the state’s next legislative session that would create new regulations for residential pool builders. Currently, South Carolina has no statewide licensing or construction requirements for residential pool builders. If passed, residential pool builders would be required to face the same regukations as commercial pool builders. Read More Here.
FLORIDA BUILDERS PREPARE FOR NEW COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS – 6/5/12
Under a Florida law that took effect in April, pool builders constructing new public facilities now must work with the local building department, rather than the county’s health department, for their plans, permits and inspections. Read More Here.
ICC & APSP ANNOUNCE APPROVAL OF FIRST INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING POOL & SPA CODE 11/14/11
Monumental New Code Benefits Industry & Regulators by Having One Uniform Set of Requirements for Construction of Public & Private Pools & Spas Across U.S.
the International Code Council (ICC) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announce the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) has been approved at the ICC final action hearings in Phoenix, October 31, 2011 and will be published March 2012. Read Press Release Here
NEW CODE REVISIONS FOR NEW YORK
New York has adopted the 2010 revisions to the NY Building Code and the NY Residential Code which contains significant changes for swimming pools, hot tubs and spas both commercial and residential:
NY Residential Code – New Section G106.1.1, provides that swimming pool suction outlets may be designed and installed in accordance with ANSI/APSP7 as an alternative to compliance with Sections G106.2 – G106.5.
Interpretation: If a builder chooses to construct a residential swimming pool or spa in accordance with the ANSI/APSP – 7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas, a suction vacuum release system (SVRS) may no longer be necessary.
Building Code – Section 3109 (Revised for swimming pools or spas that do not fit the definition of a residential pool or spa found in section G101.1) – This section states that pools and spas must be constructed in accordance with entrapment avoidance requirements of the Department of Health and the Federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. In addition, like the NY Residential Code revisions (see above) it offers the builder a choice of building in accordance with the ANSI/APSP 7 or following the specific language of Section 3109.6.2 which may require the installation of an SVRS along with several other mandates.
For further information please contact NESPA at 609-689-9111.
NEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FROM NJ HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGADING CHLORINE LEVELS AT COMMERCIAL SWIMMING POOLS IN NEW JERSEY – 9/2010
A recent request was made for interpretation from the Department regarding free chlorine and bromine levels in public pools. The request was “Can public swimming pools exceed the chlorine and bromine maximum free levels in both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and spas and conform to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 1 and 2 for free chlorine and bromine.
The ANSI 1 and 2 guidelines for public swimming pools and Hot tubs, respectively, state that the levels should meet the following; equal to or between 1.0 and 10 ppm for free chlorine and bromine levels for swimming pools. ANSI’s ideal range is 2.0 to 4.0 ppm for swimming pools. In whirlpools, spas and hot tubs the free chlorine should be 2.0 to 10.0 ppm with an ideal range of 3.0 to 5.0 ppm. The ANSI standard for bromine in swimming pools, whirlpools, spas and hot tubs is 2.0 to 10.0 ppm. The ideal bromine range is 4.0 to 6.0 ppm.
With RWI’s on the rise, the Department acknowledges that increasing the free chlorine or bromine levels can only benefit the public. With that said, if a facility wishes to exceed the current levels, maximum of 4 ppm for chlorine in pools, the Department will require that all pools, whirlpools, spas and hot tubs water shall be within the acceptable standards for all other parameters such as pH (7.2 – 7.8), combined chlorine (< .2), total alkalinity (60 to 180), stabilizer (cyanuric acid – 10 to 100 and only in outdoor pools) and pool water clarity (the deepest portion of the pool floor shall be clearly visible from the swimming pool’s edge). In addition, the maximum disinfectant level shall also be determined by the capabilities of the test kits utilized. The test kit must give an accurate reading of the actual level of disinfectant available. Therefore, for example, if the maximum detectable level of the test kit is 8 ppm, then the maximum level of free chlorine or bromine is 7 ppm.
Also, please be advised that this is a guidance policy if the local health authority will allow a public pool within its jurisdiction to exceed the current maximum levels of disinfectant as state in the current Public Recreational Bathing rule, N.J.A.C. 8:26-7.8 and 7.12. As for a certified laboratory changing their requirements and not reporting a failure of a water sample, they are only stating that a sample has not failed if the microbiological test passes and the pH is good then the free chlorine can exceed 4 and not >10. All the other operational parameters must be good and tested by the facility and approved by the LHA. View PDF here.
This information is provided solely as a notice of changing laws and regulations that may affect your business. POM does not dispense legal advice and assumes no liability for the contents of this informagtion. You are urged to seek competent legal advice if they have any questions on this or any other law or regulation that may affect them.