Summary of Federal Laws
Miscellaneous Laws Affecting Universities
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This law specifies that on or after December 19, 2008, swimming pool and spa drain covers available for purchase in the US must meet specific performance requirements. Public swimming pools, wading pools, spas and hot tubs must meet requirements for installation of complianct drain covers. The goal of this new law is to prevent the drowning of young children who become trapped from the suction of a drain. This law mainly affects pools/spas where there is only a single main drain or a flat drain gate.
All covered pools and hot tubs need to be equipped with ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 compliant drain covers safely and securely installed and a 2nd anti-entrapment system installed where there is only a single main drain.
The definition of a public swimming pools includes a pool open exclusively to members of an organization and their guests, so universities are likely covered by this new law.
Relevant Portions of the Law
15 USC § 8002
The term "swimming pool" or "spa" means any outdoor or indoor structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing, including in-ground and above-ground structures, and includes hot tubs, spas, portable spas, and non-portable wading pools.
(a) Consumer product safety rule
The requirements described in subsection (b) of this section shall be treated as a consumer product safety rule issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission under the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq.).
(b) Drain cover standard
Effective 1 year after December 19, 2007, each swimming pool or spa drain cover manufactured, distributed, or entered into commerce in the United States shall conform to the entrapment protection standards of the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standard, or any successor standard regulating such swimming pool or drain cover. If a successor standard is proposed, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers shall notify the Commission of the proposed revision. If the Commission determines that the proposed revision is in the public interest, it shall incorporate the revision into the standard after providing 30 days notice to the public.
(c) Public pools
updated 6/27/13 CCR