Public Swimming Pool and Spa Drowning Prevention Program:
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in children ages 1 to 4 in Ohio; it is the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in children ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 14. Survivors of severe drowning incidents can experience long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning deficiencies, and loss of basic cognitive functioning. Historically, Ohio has not systematically collected detailed information on public swimming pool-related injuries or deaths.
Recognizing the usefulness of this information for preventing drowning incidents, the Ohio Department of Health has initiated the Public Swimming Pool and Spa Drowning Prevention Program to determine the frequency and circumstances of these occurrences and to identify opportunities to prevent serious injuries in the future.
Any incident associated with a public swimming pool or spa facility that results in death, serious injury, or assistance from emergency medical personnel shall be reported to the licensor within seventy-two hours following the incident. “Serious injury” is defined as an injury that does not require immediate hospital admission but does require medical treatment, other than first aid. Voluntary reporting of other injuries is highly encouraged.
Injuries are able to be reported online using the “Ohio Public Swimming Pool and Spa Injury Incident Report Form”.
CDC Pool Chemical Safety Resources
A number of pool chemical incidents have occurred recently this summer. Contributing factors might include the a shortage of stabilized chlorine (which means operators are using different chlorine products that they are not used to), short staffed public aquatic venues, inexperienced aquatics staff, and new residential pool owners.
- Pool Chemical Safety for Pool Operators: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/aquatics-professionals/pool-chemical-safety.html
- Healthy and Safe Swimming at Home: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/safe-swimming-week/feature.html
- Mini Model Aquatic Health Codes (based 2018/3rd edition) on preventing pool chemical injuries and in-line production of toxic chlorine gas events: https://www.cdc.gov/mahc/mini-mahcs.html
- FREE Pool Chemical Safety Posters: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/CDCInfoOnDemand.aspx?ProgramID=93
Healthy and Safe Swimming Means:
- providing continuous and close supervision to swimmers;
- providing restroom facilities at the pool;
- maintaining restroom facilities in a clean and sanitary condition;
- providing signage for pool users on good hygiene practices;
- restricting persons with diarrhea from using the pool; and
- maintaining water quality to reduce pathogens in the pool water.
Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19
- Coronavirus.Ohio.gov - The State of Ohio's source for updated, accurate information to help you prepare for and protect against coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19.
- Specific operating requirements for Local Pools, Public Pools, and Aquatic Centers to open as a part of Responsible RestartOhio can be found at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/Pools-Aquatic-Centers.pdf
- Water in swimming pools - Guidance developed by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) pertaining to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html.
- If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).
A public swimming pool collectively means a:
- Public Swimming Pool
- Public Spa
- Special Use Pool
- Wading Pool
- Spray Ground
Public swimming pool vs. private residential pool?
A public swimming pool is defined as any indoor or outdoor structure, chamber, or tank containing a body of water that is intended to be used collectively for swimming, diving, or bathing.
A private residential pool is one located at a dwelling housing no more than three families and used exclusively by the residents and their non-paying guests.
Services provided by the ODH Public Swimming Pool program:
- ODH Review Process for Public Swimming Pools and Spraygrounds in Ohio
- Submit an online plan review for a new or substantial alteration
- Submit an online Equipment Replacement Notification (ERN)
- Plan Review, Data Sheet, Equipment Replacement Notification (ERN) forms in hardcopy
- How to contact us or to schedule a construction inspection
- Listing of ODH approved automatic chemical controllers, interior surface colors, and lifeguard, first-aid, & CPR training
- All logos on the interior of a public swimming pool must be approved by ODH prior to installation or application