NACCHO, in partnership with Axiall Corporation’s Water Treatment Products Group, has released “Looking for Trouble — Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors: A Report on U.S. Aquatic Venue Inspections, Findings, and Recommendations.” The report details the comprehensive survey NACCHO recently conducted of aquatic health officials across the United States to examine their protocols and experiences in inspecting recreational water facilities.
Three-hundred local health departments (LHDs) participated in the survey, which consisted of more than 30 multiple-choice and open-ended questions in the following areas:
- Health inspector qualifications
- Types of facilities inspected
- Knowledge and water treatment acumen of facility staff
- Inspection components and local regulations
- Most common violations at various types of facilities
Notable findings in the report include:
- Aquatic facility staff knowledge was related to turnover rates: apartment complexes, HOAs, hotels, motels and fitness centers had the highest levels of turnover and limited knowledge levels, while schools and universities boasted the highest retention rates and levels of education.
- Hotels and motels reported the highest number of violations, followed by apartment complexes
- Nearly all pool shutdowns reported were related to water quality issues
Additionally, NACCHO and Axiall will this week present their findings at the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, OR.