CDC and the MAHC

Owned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) is a voluntary set of guidelines to prevent injury and illness at public aquatic venues, such as pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds. These guidelines bring together the latest science and best practices to help jurisdictions save time and resources when they develop and update pool codes. The MAHC outlines specific guidance that designers, builders, and managers of public aquatic venues can follow to maximize the fun and the health benefits of water-based activities.

During the MAHC development process, experts agreed the MAHC should be regularly improved and updated to keep pace with the latest science, industry advances, and public health findings. In 2014, CMAHC was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to facilitate this process.

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