NACCHO held a webinar on Oct. 8, 2019 focused on the process for updating the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). Every three years, everyone across the country and around the world has an opportunity to participate in the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) process to update the MAHC by submitting recommendations for improvements. The official solicitation for the 2020 Change Request (CR) to update the MAHC 3rd Edition was launched in September 2019.
During the webinar, participants learned more about this process, including how to prepare and submit a CR, the role of the Technical Review and Technical Support Committees, the 2020 Vote on the Code Conference, voting on CRs, and opportunities to get involved.
Doug Sackett is the Technical Director for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) serving as the subject-matter expert on all aspects of the MAHC. He drives the CMAHC’s research agenda and committee work, provides interpretations of the MAHC code language for public health experts and members of the aquatic industry, and vets and approves product certification under the CMAHC Certification program. Doug built a strong record of aquatics leadership working for the New York State Department of Health for 38 years and retired as Assistant Director, Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection in April 2013. Doug worked in the swimming pool and bathing beach programs in addition to numerous other environmental health regulatory programs, throughout his 38 years with the New York State Department of Health. Beginning in 1987, he was involved in the management of the statewide swimming pool and bathing beach regulatory program including the coordination of investigations of illnesses associated with recreational water and drowning at regulated swimming pools and beaches throughout the State and for the analysis of the data from the these epidemiological investigations. Doug was the Director and Steering Committee member for CDC’s project to develop the national Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) from its inception in 2007 until the MAHC 1st Edition, launched in August 2014. Doug was instrumental in setting up the CMAHC as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Interim CMAHC Board of Directors. He currently resides in New York State.