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News regulations were passed in 2001 with regard to the Swimming Pool Law. Please read the following changes carefully:

Lifeguards on duty: 
One of the biggest changes in the new pool law is the requirements that any facility that has a diving board in place is now required to have a lifeguard on duty. Lifeguard certificates must be posted at the facility.

Safety equipment: 
The new law requires spineboards to have three ties, runners, and a head immobilizer. The first-aid kit must be upgraded from the 16-unit kit to a 24-unit kit. Blood spill kits are now required and must contain a minimum of disposable gloves and antimicrobial wipes. Also lifeguards must be supplied with a public address system or megaphone, whistle, rescue tube, and resuscitation mask.

Starting platforms:
Starting platforms must now be removed when not in use. Water depth must be at least five feet for existing pools with starting platforms.

Floors and ledges: 
Swimming pool floors and ledges must now be marked if there is a change in slope at a depth of less than six feet, and ledges must be marked in a contrasting color. In pool seating, edges must be marked in contrasting color. All step front edges must be marked in contrasting colors. These changes must be made to existing pools within two years.

Chlorine sanitizer: 
The minimum residual level for chlorine sanitizer has been changed to 1 ppm. The maximum cyanuric acid level for pools using cyanurate is now 80 ppm (previously 100 ppm).

Failure to operate and maintain a public swimming pool as required by law or failure to comply with schedule of compliance is now reason for closure of the pool.

In order to receive a seasonal opening, all previous violations must be corrected. Please contact the Oakland County Health Division to schedule your opening inspection.

Many items in the new pool law are grandfathered for existing swimming pools in good condition. Pools making significant changes must comply with the new pool law as it affects the areas under construction. Safety equipment upgrades are not grandfathered and must be made this season. Facilities with only one main drain must make arrangements immediately to comply with the law during this season.

A contingency plan must be developed to include, at a minimum, an outline for removal of contamination or water quality deterioration. An emergency response plan must be developed to include an outline for rescues and submersions, equipment failure, injury requiring medical attention, fecal accident, and other events creating a health and safety hazard to pool users.

To obtain a copy of the complete Swimming Pool Law visit the State of Michigan website.