MAHC Network Webinar Recording: Pool Chemistry for Healthy and Safe Swimming

NACCHO held a webinar on May 23, 2019 to recognize Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The webinar included the latest epidemiologic data on pool chemical injuries and how you can prevent these incidents as a pool operator or inspector.

Watch the recording.

Download the slides.

Additional Resources:

  • A new training video examines the issue of accidental chlorine gas exposures at aquatic facilities and how to help prevent them.
  • News story about dozens of Utah public pool swimmers sickened by chlorine gas


  • Kayla Vanden Esschert, MPH is an ORISE fellow with the Healthy Swimming Program in the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at the CDC. She works on Healthy and Safe Swimming Week and other recreational water projects. She has a master’s in public health with a focus in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Prior to working at CDC, Kayla worked as an epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for several years and focused on maternal and infant health, as well as youth suicide prevention.
  • Mary Ostrowski has been employed by the American Chemistry Council’s Chlorine Chemistry Division since December, 2000. Ms. Ostrowski is responsible for chlorine disinfection issues, including benefits promotion, scientific research support and advocating in the regulatory and standard-setting arena for science-based policies. She has worked collaboratively on disinfection issues with public health entities, including the CDC, NEHA, and International Action.

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