CPSC Sets Public Hearing on Pool Drains Guidance
The agency will hear comments from stakeholders on Nov. 4 in Bethesda, Md., and says it intends to amend the guidance, adding a sentence about the importance of proper flow rates and drain cover fastener integrity.
Oct 23, 2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday it will hold a public hearing Nov. 4 in Bethesda, Md., to hear from "all interested parties" about a planned update of its July 2009 technical guidance on unblockable pool drains. The guidance specifies requirements for a drain cover that constitutes an unblockable drain, preventing drain entrapments and eviscerations as required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, a federal law signed Dec. 19, 2007, and in effect since Dec. 19, 2008. Anyone wishing to make an oral statement at the hearing should submit the text by 5 p.m. EDT Oct. 28.
Commenters suggested two changes in the guidance, and the commission intends to make both of them by adding this sentence to it: "In reaching this definition for an unblockable drain, the characterization of a suction fitting is taken from the standard to include the sump and cover as a unit, along with the following: (1) The blocking element dimensions and the diagonal measure to define a minimum size requirement (in excess of 18 x 23 or a diagonal measurement greater than 29); (2) the need for the remaining open flow area of the cover, once shadowed, to provide sufficient flow to prevent entrapment; and (3) the general requirements of the standard for fasteners and fastening integrity (i.e., the cover must stay in place)."
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