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Pools must be properly and safely maintained to prevent illnesses and injuries from occurring.
Fecal and other bodily fluids- accident response information:
Fecal Accident Response Recommendations for Pool Staff
Vomit and Blood Contamination in Pools
Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces
Hyperchlorination to Kill Cryptosporidium
Chemicals and equipment used to maintain swimming pools and spas and reduce the risk of waterborne illness can
cause injuries if they are not properly stored and handled. Public pool operators and residential pool owners can
protect themselves and swimmers by taking these key steps:
Read and follow directions on product labels.
Wear appropriate safety equipment, such as goggles and masks, as directed, when handling pool chemicals.
Secure pool chemicals to protect people and animals.
Add pool chemicals poolside ONLY when directed by product label and when no one is in the water.
Check that all pool equipment is functioning properly and that chlorine and pH levels at the correct levels before allowing swimmers in the water.
Prevent violent, potentially explosive, reactions:
NEVER mix different pool chemicals with each other, especially chlorine products with acid.
Pre-dissolve pool chemicals
when directed by product label.
Add pool chemical to water,
water to pool chemical.
CDC: Recommendations for Preventing Pool Chemical- Associated Injuries
Pool and spa operation and design:
Designing Public Swimming Facilities
Therapy Pool Operation
Your Disinfection Team
DHMH: Public Pool and Spa construction and operation in Maryland
Local health department contact information
CDC: 12 Steps for Prevention of Recreational Water Illnesses for Pool and Aquatics Staff
Pool Safely: Pool & Spa Safety
CDC: Healthy Swimming/Recreation Water Posters
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464
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