VGB Pool Spa Safety Act


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Federal Register (October 21, 2009):

CPSC will conduct a public hearing to receive views from interested parties on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act July 2009 Staff Technical Guidance on Unblockable Drains (see: The Commission invites public participation in the hearing. Oral presentations should be limited to ten minutes and will become part of the public record. See the following page for details:

Requests to make oral presentations and the written text of the oral presentations must be received by the Office of the Secretary no later than 5 p.m. ET on October 28, 2009. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on November 4, 2009.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (September 28, 2009):

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has begun inspecting pools in multiple locations throughout the U.S. We encourage you to have your compliance certificates (from the drain manufacturer), certificates from an engineer (if applicable), receipts, invoices and other documentation that shows compliance available. If your pool is not in compliance but you are working toward compliance, provide documentation to that effect. We have not heard of CPSC closing non compliant pools, however, CPSC is sending notices of non compliance to the facility requesting the pool stop operation until it is brought into compliance with VGBA.

Non Compliance of VGB PSSA Airs on NBC News

Please take a moment and watch the following story, which aired on The Today Show July 6, 2009.  The new CPSC Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, would like all of you to heed her message that public pools and spas that are not in compliance with Sec. 1404 of the P&SSAct should not be open.

NBC News/Today Show: Banned Drain Covers Still Used In Public Pools (7/6/09)



New VGB PSSA Dedicated Website

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on May 28 the launch of a new web site dedicated to swimming pool safety. The site will serve as a resource center for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act as well as pool safety in general.

Internet Link



Helpful Information and Downloads

Anti-Entrapment Drain Cover Anti-Entrapment Drain CoverThe following information will provide industry professionals with up-to-date news and resources to understand and comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VBG). Visit often for regular updates as they become available.

PDF Document Pools, Spas and Everyone's Safety (from the CPSC).

PDF Document CPSC Frequently Asked Questions.

Internet Link CPSC Enforcement Position.

PDF Document Florida DOH Public Pools and Spas Factsheet.

PDF Document Download a copy of the Florida Approved Drain Cover List.

PDF Document Example format for swimming pool grate/drain cover replacement submittal information

Internet Link List of Approved Drain Cover Manufactures (CPSC).

PDF Document CPSC General Counsel letter to the Florida Department of Health, May 6, 2008.

PDF Document Pool & Spa Safety Act FAQ (CPSC).

Section 1404: Mandatory Requirements for Drain Covers and Public Pools and Spas

Effective December 19, 2008, the following are federal mandates under the Virginia Graeme Baker Act (section 1404) for drain covers and public pools, spas, and hot tubs.

Drain Covers, Public and Residential Pools and Spas. By December 19, 2008, all drain covers manufactured or sold in the United States must conform to the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

All public pools and spas (as defined by the Act), both new and existing, must be equipped with drain cover systems conforming to the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard.

All public pools and spas (pump) with a single main drain, other than an unblockable drain, must be equipped with an ASME A112.19.8-2007 compliant cover system and one or more of the following additional devices or systems: a safety vacuum release system (SVRS); suction limiting vent system; gravity drainage system; automatic pump shutoff system; or drain disablement.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) References and Information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) administers the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. Following is important information from the CPSC including the CPSC interpretations of the requirements of the Act.

Internet Link CPSC Website

Internet Link CPSC Poster

Internet Link CPSC Letter, “VGB 2008” Mark for Drain Covers

Internet Link Section 1404, Public Pools and Spas, CPSC Staff Interpretation, June 18, 2008

Internet Link Section 1406, State Grant Program, Residential Pools and Spas, CPSC Staff Interpretation, September 2008

Internet Link New! APSP Comments to CPSC, Section 1406

Internet Link Legislative Language, Title XIV, Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act