Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

Updated: 2/2/2009
Subject: Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Informational Bulletin

Dear HydroWorx Customer,
You may or may not be aware but on December 19, 2007, the President signed into law the Virginia Graham Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The Act requires that all public swimming pools and spas be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers that comply with the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 Standard by December 19, 2008.

HydroWorx had requested that the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the assigned regulatory agency of the Virginia Graham Baker Act, provide legal guidance as to whether the Act applied to HydroWorx products in your facility.

Mr. Sean Ward, trial attorney from the Division of Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission gave HydroWorx and you clear guidance that your pool in your facility may not meet the definition of a Public Pool and therefore not subject to comply with the Act.

However, it is recommended that you verify with your local authority having jurisdiction if your HydroWorx pool is in compliance and use the following steps:

1. Contact your local authority having jurisdiction to verify if your HydroWorx pool is categorized as a public swimming pool or spa.
2. If your HydroWorx pool is categorized as a public swimming pool or spa by your local authority having jurisdiction then they will determine what corrective actions will be required.
3. Once you have determined the corrective actions, please contact Michael McHugh at HydroWorx to discuss parts availability and ordering options.

Useful informational links:
https://www.apsp.org/32/index.aspx (you must register for free access)
https://www.apsp.org/clientresources/documents/CPSC_FAQS_1-30-09.pdf

Mr. Ward has offered to address questions from your local or state officials and his contact information is below.

Sean R. Ward
Trial Attorney
Division of Compliance
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway, Room 708-E
Bethesda, MD 20814-4423
SWard@cpsc.gov

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