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New pool and spa safety code available

April 9th, 2012

The nation’s leading code and pool safety organizations have joined together and published the first comprehensive code to upgrade pool and spa safety, and meet the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. The new code is now available in soft cover and as a PDF download. 
The International Swimming Pool and Spa Code™ (ISPSC™), published by the International Code Council, uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas and hot tubs. ISPSC was developed with input from a wide range of industry experts, including the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), and was finalized through the Code Council’s governmental consensus process. 
In a single publication and online document, the ISPSC effectively combines the relevant provisions of the full set of ICC Codes, (including the International Residential Code, International Building Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code) as well as the APSP standards, to serve as the one and only consolidated and fully integrated document for pool and spa safety.
The ISPSC responds to the needs of many jurisdictions that still use the Standard Swimming Pool Code, and integrates the widely used design and safety features of both the APSP standards and the I-Codes. The ISPSC will allow code enforcement officials, health officials, designers and builders to more effectively ensure pools and spas are built safely. Code uniformity also will result in more consistent contractor training and certification, and will be more cost-effective. By adopting the ISPSC, the industry and the public will benefit from nationwide uniformity, advances in safety and technology, and for the first time, unprecedented protection for users of residential and public pools and spas.

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