What’s New at Safe-Wise?

Updated Model Aquatic Health Code. On July 18th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the updated 2018 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). Revisions and updates include structural changes, clarifying edits, and new or revised recommendations in the areas of disinfection and water quality; lifeguarding and bather supervision; and risk management and safety. A summary of key changes and a track changes version with line-by-line edits is available on the MAHC website. The MAHC is a voluntary guidance document based on science and best practices that can help local and state authorities and the aquatics sector make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries. The MAHC guidelines are all-inclusive and address the design, construction, operation, maintenance, policies, and management of public aquatic facilities.



2018 Summer Lifeguard Challenge. Aquatics International’s (AI) 2018 Summer Lifeguard Challenge, annual lifeguard competition includes 5 demanding drills. Here’s how it works:

· Watch the monthly challenges 
· Have your staff replicate the challenges
· Video your challenges via camera/phone
· Send them to Pete DeQuincy at: pdequincy@ebparks.org

They’ll announce a winner each month and the overall winner at the end of the season. The first deadline to submit videos is July 10th. Game on!



DHS Active Shooter EAP Guide and Resources. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Guide is a short guide that describes how to fill out the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Template. The template is basic but is a great starting point for a plan and a discussion on what needs to go into a plan. The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario. This instructive video guides viewers through important considerations of EAP development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight. The Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop Series feature facilitated discussions to inform participants on the best practices associated with preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident. For more information on these workshops, please contact the Active Shooter Preparedness Program at ASworkshop@hq.dhs.gov and click HERE to access the full fact sheet for the DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Program.



2018 Summer Aquatics Safety Reminder. With the busy summer swim season soon upon us, it’s time for all aquatic leaders to be alert and prepared by orienting and regularly training seasonal lifeguard staff. Safe-Wise has again updated our annual summer aquatics preparation resource to help aquatic professionals prepare for a safe and enjoyable summer. Prepare for the summer cautiously and ensure that lifeguards are well prepared and vigilant with effective practices and procedures. Leaders must recognize that many youths who visit their pools may not have adequate swimming skills and should work to eliminate the risk of drowning for these children by swim-testing all swimmers, requiring specific protections for non-swimmers and offering swim instruction when possible. Click HERE to view the full 2018 Summer Aquatics Safety Reminder.



New Resource: Treadmill Safety Considerations. From their powerful motors and fast-spinning belts to exposed power cords, treadmills cause many injuries each year. Some of the most dangerous treadmill accidents involve people who lose their footing, fall and end up pinned between a wall and the machine, whose spinning belt can cause serious skin burns and shearing. Some extreme cases have resulted in death from head trauma and blood loss caused by a fall. Click HERE to view our new Treadmill Safety Considerations document available on the Resource Library.




Ensuring Compliance with the Updated Drain Cover Standard is the title of a December 2017 Aquatics International article by Steve Barnes, chairman of the APSP-16 Standard Writing Committee and the APSP Technical Committee. The article states, as the drain cover standard cited in the federal pool and spa safety law has been rewritten, it becomes apparent that entrapment safety is about more than the drain. Ten years ago, this month, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was signed into federal law. At the time, it plunged the pool, spa and hot tub world into turmoil. Public facilities were hit especially hard, as they had one year to outfit pools with compliant drain covers. Some were forced to close when these products were nowhere to be found. Head’s up! The drain cover standard named in VGB is changing in 2018. Are we in for more turmoil? Not if professionals learn how to implement the new requirements. Here are some of the very basics in ensuring that a pool is compliant. Click HERE to read the full article.



New Service: Certified Playground Safety Inspector. Did you know? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries. Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI) help promote children’s rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child’s development through playground hazard identification and risk management methods. Safe-Wise Consulting is proud to offer Certified Playground Safety Inspector services. Services include development of a comprehensive Playground Safety Policy, Safety Audit, Safety Coordinator training, assistance with development of a site history file, and on-site staff playground inspection training. We can help you, help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds. Contact us HERE for more information.