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It will prevent state and local health departments from having to reinvent the wheel every time," says Michael Beach, associate director for healthy water at the CDC and a member of the MAHC steering committee.
Each individual module will be available for public comment on the MAHC website (4) for 60 days.
The MAHC and its annex represent the culmination of the hard work of more than 150 public health, aquatic sector, and academic volunteers and their response to 4,407 public comments, of which 72% were accepted.
Together, we need to set up systems to assess the MAHCs ROI and use system data to maximize the MAHC's ability to provide long-term public health dividends.
MAHC development was a collaborative effort, stemming from a 2005 national workshop recommendation, between CDC and more than 140 volunteer experts from across the U.
The MAHC will help local and state agencies to incorporate science and best practices into their codes and pool programs and prevent the duplication of effort.
Since the workshop, CDC units with expertise in environmental health, infectious disease, injury prevention, and public health law have collaborated on the MAHC effort.
Once these final comments are addressed, the first edition of the MAHC will be launched.
This workshop will launch the results of this effort with the first completed version of the MAHC being released for a final round of public comment to the audience at the NEHA 2013 AEC.
the aquatics sector) effort to create the MAHC (www.
The proposed MAHC standards might also help prevent pool chemical-associated health events by requiring operator training on pool chemical safety and use of appropriate PPE when handling pool chemicals, and, for new construction, designing chemical rooms to 1) ventilate to the outside of the building and 2) minimize mixing and close storage of incompatible pool chemicals.
The MAHC will be a free, open-access, evidence-based model health code that aims to reduce illness and injury associated with treated RWVs.