Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC): An Introduction

As pool service professionals for public swimming pools, we have the duty and responsibility to know and understand the operational guidelines and regulatory requirements set forth by the governing authority in which we provide our service.  Usually this governing authority is the local county Environmental Health department. While some counties do a pretty good job establishing and making available these swimming pool operational guidelines and […]

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC): An Introduction

Manually Adding Chemicals to the Pool

  Chapter 9 of our Pool & Spa Operator™Handbook is all about adding chemicals to the swimming pool; using automated controllers/feeders or adding them manually. Before you even approach a pool with chemicals, you need to know what each and every one  is going to do to the pool water balance.  And you need to know the potential hazards and what to do when an accident occurs; the […]

Manually Adding Chemicals to the Pool

National Water Safety Month – 2012

The month of May is National Water Safety Month: “an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals with support from the National Recreation & Parks Association, the American Red Cross, and the World Waterpark Association.” Chapter 14 of our Pool & Spa Operator Handbook is entitled, “Facility Safety.”  Many safety topics are covered:  Training, Access, Entrapment, The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa […]

National Water Safety Month - 2012

Consider the Pool Inspector An Ally!

We just finished up our third CPO Certification class of the new year this past Thursday and Friday, February 9-10, at PoolCorp’s Superior Products building in Anaheim.  And we have started the year strong! As always in our class, we start out with introductions and then go right into the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook – Chapter One:  Types of Pools, Pool Management, Risk Management, […]

Consider the Pool Inspector An Ally!

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) vs. Circuit Breaker

When we are in Chapter 14 (Facility Safety) of the  Pool & Spa Operator Handbook, discussing  electrical safety during our  CPO® class, we talk about the difference between a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) and a Circuit Breaker.  We also define the difference between grounding and bonding, which you can read about here. The Circuit Breaker will interrupt (turn the circuit off) when there is a current overload.  This […]

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) vs. Circuit Breaker

Water Safety Month

Did you know that May is Water Safety Month?   One full chapter in our CPO Handbook (Chapter 14) is dedicated to Water Safety.   As an introduction to the class, I cite the statistics of drownings in Orange County: “Between the years of 2005-2007, on average, over 8 children each year drown in Orange County, California, alone.  Folks–that’s a pre-school class!” (OC Report) A pre-school class […]

Water Safety Month