VGB Pool and Safety Act
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
Guidance for Compliance
Dear Pool and Spa Professional:
The enclosed DVD contains a training video providing information about the proper inspection of
pools and spas for compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act),
a federal law requiring the installation of safety drain covers and other safety equipment, where
needed, in public pools and spas in the United States. It is provided by the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, the lead federal agency implementing and enforcing the P&SS Act.
The CPSC is working with safety experts and advocates nationwide to
encourage the use of multiple safety steps around pools and spas, such as
the use of barriers, constant supervision of children and the need for
anti-entrapment drain covers and other safety devices in pools and spas.
The P&SS Act aims to:
- enhance the safety of public and private pools and spas
- encourage the use of layers of protection
- prevent suction entrapment incidents, injuries and deaths
- reduce the number of child drownings in pools and spas
- educate the public on the importance of constant supervision of children in and around water.
The training video provides inspectors, regulators and service operators with the knowledge needed
to properly inspect pools and spas for compliance with the P&SS Act.
Viewers will learn to:
- recognize entrapment hazards where they exist
- recommend corrections to bring a pool or spa into compliance
- verify that the facility has made the required changes using certified equipment.
The training DVD is divided into modules for easy study and quick reference.
2. Five Forms of Entrapment
3. Suction Outlets
4. Understanding Flow Rate and TDH
5. Compliance I - Assessing the System
6. Compliance 11- Selecting and Inspecting Suction Fittings
7. Compliance III - Selecting a Back-up System or Device
8. Compliance IV - Vacuum Fittings, Sidewall Ports and Equalizers
Thank you for taking this valuable step toward understanding the requirements of the P&SS Act.
After reviewing these materials, visit www.Poolsafely.gov for additional information and resources.
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org .
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Compliance
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20014