THE VIRGINIA GRAEME BAKER POOL AND SPA SAFETY ACT
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, passed by Congress last year, represents an important step to ensure pool and spa safety. The law specifies that it is to be interpreted and enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
IAAPA and the World Waterpark Association (WWA) are working in collaboration on these important issues. We are having discussions with Congress and regulators to clarify waterpark attractions issues and hopefully find solutions. If you have not become familiar with the law, please review this whitepaper.
We know waterparks want to comply with the law, but there are challenges in doing so: large grates are not commercially available, small compliant grates are domed and could be tripping hazards in interactive pools, and testing requirements are not applicable in some venues.
We also understand waterparks already employ many anti-entrapment features including gravity drains, multiple drains, and low flow rates through drains. The risk of entrapment has been addressed with these features.
To help our members comply with this legislation, we have provided several resources below. The PowerPoints and e-mail updates offer valuable information for your facility.
We will keep you informed of the progress of our discussions. Should you have any questions, please contact gr@IAAPA.org.