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Solutions for Suction Entrapment


Solutions for Suction Entrapment

Solutions for Suction Entrapment - Practical Application for Construction and Maintenance

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Solutions For Suction Entrapment

The "Video Notes" for the VGB and Suction Entrapment seminar given by Ray Cronise, Steve Barnes, and Steven Getzoff. Click the links below to watch the video training sessions.
Solutions for Suction Entrapment Video Part 1
Solutions for Suction Entrapment Video Part 2
Solutions for Suction Entrapment Video Part 3
Interview with Shajee Siddiqui - Jandy Product Developer - On the VGBA
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Legal Solution Discussions with Pool Genius Advisor, Steve Getzoff

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Comment by Myles McMorrow on April 5, 2011 at 3:00pm
I was there for the first 3 hours, but had to get to some pools.  What a mess.  I think we will see some recalls down the road.  I have to wait until I can watch what I missed to give my finial thoughts......
Comment by Scott Heusser on April 5, 2011 at 8:43am
Any comments on today's CPSC meeting?
Comment by Scott Heusser on April 2, 2011 at 9:27am

I plan on attending via the web.  Again, I think it will be interesting to see if this is truly a problem.  After all, paint on a motorcycle gas tank with too much lead is a BIG problem for the CPSC.  Yeah, I let my toddler chew on my dirt bikes gas tank and fairings.

Comment by Myles McMorrow on March 27, 2011 at 8:09pm
I will be attending the meeting on the 5th, anyone else going?.
Comment by Scott Tarr on March 27, 2011 at 9:20am

Thought many of your might find this interesting from an email received by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission about the adequacy of testing procedures for main drains.  I will also post this as a discussion for those who are not members of this group...


Government Investigation Raises Concerns About Pool and Spa Drain Cover Testing and Entrapment Risks


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is conducting an investigation into the safety of pool and spa drain covers and the adequacy of testing procedures used to determine the flow rating of these covers.  The investigation has revealed that the testing protocols used by some laboratories may have been improper and, as a result, some covers certified by these laboratories may not comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SSAct).  Pool and spa drains that use covers certified with inaccurate flow ratings may fail to prevent the hidden hazard of a drain entrapment.

As part of its investigation, the Commission approved the issuance of subpoenas to three of the laboratories that tested pool and spa drain covers seeking information related to their protocols, the types of covers tested, and results of their testing.  CPSC received more than 17,000 pages of documents from these laboratories in response to the subpoenas, which agency staff continues to analyze.

The CPSC is working to ensure that the public is not endangered by unsafe drain covers in pools and spas.  As a result, CPSC staff plans to conduct a public meeting on April 5, 2011, to solicit answers from testing laboratories, drain cover manufacturers and other industry representatives regarding how the testing was conducted, the potential impact on consumer safety, and what changes are being made to the testing procedures.  CPSC is undertaking this effort in order to identify covers that have improper ratings and provide important safety information about drain covers to the public by Memorial Day weekend.

Gravity drainage systems and large, unblockable drain covers are not part of this investigation.

CPSC urges pool and spa owners to contact their service providers and product manufacturers for additional information on the testing and certification of drain covers.  Heightened caution should always be exercised by pool operators, parents and caregivers in keeping children away from pool and spa drains and other openings.  The risk to swimmers from a non-compliant drain cover is greatest in shallow kiddie pools, wading pools, or pools or spas with single main drain systems.

The P&SSAct was passed by Congress in December 2007 and went into effect in December 2008.  Since then all public pools and spas have been required to install new anti-entrapment drain covers and other secondary devices or systems, on single blockable drain systems, in order to be compliant with the law.  Residential pools may have made these changes as recommended by their pool service operator and any newly constructed pools or spas since early 2009 should also have these new covers.

            Visit Pool Safely to learn about CPSC’s pool safety campaign and for additional proven water safety steps and other life-saving information. 


Comment by Geoff Dawson on January 7, 2011 at 4:24pm

I was called today by attorney in Kansas representing the family ofan entrapment victim looking for experts in the field. This was at ahotel resort outside of the USA.


While I am active in the field of pool safety I think they needsomeone who's expert field includes flow rates / drain covers etc.


If you are interested in helping a family drop me a line.

Comment by Scott Heusser on March 10, 2010 at 8:50am
John, I'll happily forward along my letter. I feel that the pressure needs to be applied to Congress, not the Commission. My reasoning, the Commission is charged with implementing the Act while Congress can alter or repeal the Act.
Comment by John Gable on March 9, 2010 at 8:04pm
I sent a letter to CPSC Chairman Tenenbaum. Have you read her speech to ICHPSO? She can help us. I had planned on waiting for a response from them, before publicizing my letter, but I got some news today that convinced me our only hope is public pressure.
Scott, please send me a copy of your message. I will ask PGN if I can post my letter for all to read or
Comment by Lester Eric Brehm on March 9, 2010 at 2:13pm
Scott, I would be interested in seeing your letter.My email is my locale Congressional Rep has recently past away but I will get something out to the rest of my state Reps.The P word makes me so mad I don't even need another person to have an argument.
Comment by ALLEN HUNZEKER on March 9, 2010 at 1:20pm
SCOTT; i will forward to all i know also ,thanks.

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