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The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has issued a call for participation in the redesignation and revision of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 2013 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins. PHTA is seeking member participation on the PHTA-7 Standard Writing Committee (SWC) for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins.

The provisions of the PHTA-7 Standard apply to the design and performance criteria for circulation systems including components, devices, and related technology installed to protect against entrapment hazards in residential and public swimming pools, wading pools, inground spas, infinity edge basins (infinity edge type pools), and catch pools, and aquatic recreation facilities.

Believe it or not, it has been seven long years since we last updated the PHTA/ICC/ANSI-7 entrapment avoidance standard. At one time, entrapment accidents seemed to be happening every day at one time. This standard has almost completely eliminated these types of accidents,” said PHTA-7 SWC Chair Kenneth Gregory of Pentair Water Quality Systems. “Keeping our standards current is one of the most important things PHTA does for all of us and this standard has had the most impact on safety than any other standard,” continued Gregory. 

“PHTA is looking for qualified individuals including subject matter experts that are willing to share their industry experience and knowledge to complete the draft revisions of these standards,” said PHTA Director of Standards Promotion and Adoption Susan J. Hilaski. “We invite anyone to apply for these committees who can commit to this process and wants to help shape current and future standards for the commercial pool and hot tub industry to apply for these committees.”

Designers, builders, installers and operators of swimming pools, wading pools, spas, hot tubs and catch basins; professionals of vacuum limiting systems, manufacturers of safety vacuum release devices/systems, manufacturers of swimming pool & spa circulation devices/components, swimming pool & spa pumps, automatic pump shut-off devices/systems, service companies, test labs and test lab engineers, parties interested in entrapment avoidance issues, building and health code officials and consumers are encouraged to participate on the PHTA-7 SWC. 

Application forms are due to PHTA on July 10, 2020 and may be sent to standards@phta.org. For more information, email PHTA Director of Standards Promotion and Adoption, Susan J. Hilaski at shilaski@phta.org or download the information at XXX.

About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.