As summer begins, NAA/NMHC remind members of their obligations under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA). Specifically, the 2008 law requires all pools with single main drains to install a secondary anti-entrapment system, unless the main drain qualifies as “unblockable.”
Last September, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revoked its earlier definition of unblockable pool drains, creating confusion in the industry and significant compliance hurdles. At the urging of NAA/NMHC and other industry groups, the CPSC has extended the compliance deadline until May 23, 2013. In related news, the CPSC also has rejected an NAA/NMHC supported petition from the hotel and pool/spa industries encouraging the CPSC to effectively revisit the decision on “unblockable drain covers” and designate covers of a sufficient size as a compliant product. The CPSC, however, agreed to hear the petition of a manufacturer that offers an alternative pool drain system designed to prevent entrapment.