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Spa and Swimming Pool Code 2012

Spa and Swimming Pool Code 2012

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Published by: Kevin Christian Fagara on Sep 13, 2011
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First Printing 
 Publication Date: February 2011
With the Cooperating Sponsorship of 
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This version of the
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code™ 
is acopyrighted work owned by the International Code Council, Inc. Without advance written permission fromthe copyright owner, no part of this work may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or byany means, including, without limitation, electronic, optical or mechanical means (by way of example, andnot limitation, photocopying or recording by or in an information storage retrieval system). For informationon permission to copy material exceeding fair use, please contact: Publications, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478. Phone 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233).Trademarks: “International Code Council,” the “International Code Council” logo and the “InternationalSwimming Pool and Spa Code” are trademarks of the International Code Council, Inc.
 All levels of government and Building Safety Professionals recognize the need for a mandatory set of baselinerequirements which comprehensively address all aspects of swimming pool and spa safety. To date, swimming pooland spa safety requirements have been addressed in the codes and standards but never in a single comprehensivepackage of requirements. The purpose of the
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 
is to coordinate andenhance in a single code the provisions previously found in the International Codes and Association of Pool & SpaProfessionals (APSP) standards to meet the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act to upgrade pool and spasafety. This comprehensive code establishes minimum regulations using prescriptive and performance-relatedprovisions.The
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 
provides many benefits, among which is the model codedevelopment process that offers an international forum for pool and spa professionals to discuss the science andperformance of such vessels. This forum provides an excellent arena to debate improvements to the ICC Family of Codes and Standards. The ICC system promotes the mission of the ICC and consistency in the application of codesworldwide.APSP supports the adoption of the
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 
.You can find more information at:http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/ISPSC/Pages/default.aspx 
 Public Version 1.0 of the
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 
was prepared in 2011 by the Swimming PoolCode Drafting Committee (SPCDC) established by the ICC Board of Directors, with the Association of Pool & SpaProfessionals as Cooperating Sponsors. The SPCDC is a broad based committee (see page v) representing abalance of interests consistent with the ICC Governmental Consensus process and revised OMB Circular A-119which establishes policies on Federal use and development of voluntary consensus codes and standards. TheSPCDC was composed of 15 individuals from public, private and nonprofit sectors with expertise in disciplines criticalto the topics in the
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 
. The SPCDC was supported by several Work Groupscomposed of additional experts, along with a staff Secretariat and three staff experts from both ICC and APSP.The intent was to develop a comprehensive set of regulations for swimming pools and spas consistent andcoordinated with the I-Codes. In supporting this effort, APSP further notes: "While it is recognized that proper construction and installation are essential, safe use of pools and spas requires common sense, including constantadult supervision of children, and proper maintenance. It is assumed and intended that pool users will exerciseappropriate personal judgment and responsibility (including constant adult supervision of children) and that operatorswill create and enforce rules and warning appropriate for their pool/spa".Technical content was developed from an initial staff resource document, that utilized provisions from theInternational Codes and the applicable APSP standards. The APSP standards considered were:
ANSI-1 2003 Public Swimming Pools
ANSI-2 1999 Public Spas
ANSI-3 1999 Permanent Residential Spas
ANSI-4 2007 Aboveground/On-ground Residential Swimming Pools
ANSI-5 2003 Residential In-ground Swimming Pools
ANSI-6 1999 Portal Spas
ANSI-7 2006 Suction Entrapment Avoidance
ANSI-8 2005 Model Barrier Code
ANSI-9 2005 Aquatic Recreational Facilities
ANSI-11 2009 Standard for water quality in public swimming pools and spasThe SPCDC and its Work Groups comprehensively reviewed the requirements in the existing 2009 InternationalCodes and the standards noted above in an effort to draft comprehensive language for pool and spa safety while atthe same time making sure the language resulted in adoptable and enforceable I-Code language. Consistent withthe development of other I-Codes, the
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code 
Public Version 1.0 was developedwith the intent to establish provisions consistent with the intent of the I-Codes to adequately protect public health,safety and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict theuse of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment toparticular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.

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