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Liabilities Associated with Pools, Spas and Fitness Facilities

The safe and cost effective operation of fitness facilities, including aquatic features and exercise rooms will be discussed, with foresight into trends and litigation. A systems approach will be introduced and used to explore each component, from equipment specification through the biological contribution of patrons. When any piece of the “system” goes awry, dangerous conditions are created. Aquatics-related cases are one of the top two producers of significant jury awards and settlements in sports injury litigation. Lawsuits related to recreation have risen steadily during the past 30 years and are expected to continue to increase in the future.

In 2005, the Seneca Lake Spray Park in Geneva, New York was the source of a cryptosporidium outbreak that infected hundreds of people and resulted in the requirement for advanced chemical treatment systems at spray parks. Suction entrapment prompted the first federal law directed at aquatic venues. As the aquatics industry continues to transition from conventional swimming pools to aquatic play features, understanding the complexities of these simple-looking systems will reduce operation and risk management costs.


Runtime: 89 minutes
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Agenda

Drowning

  • Facilities With Lifeguards
  • Facilities Without Lifeguards

Suction Entrapment

  • Primary Defense
  • Secondary Defense

Spinal Injury

  • Shallow Water Diving
  • Waterslides

Recreational Water Illness

  • Waterborne Contaminants
  • Airborne Contaminants
  • Disease Transmission Prevention

Chemical Exposure

  • Aerosolized Water
  • Contact Injuries

Aquatic Facility Construction and Maintenance

  • Consultant Pros and Cons

Fitness Equipment

  • Placement
  • Replacement
  • Maintenance in the Interim
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Maria Bella, MAFOIT

Maria Bella, MAFOIT

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Maria Bella, AFOIT, CPOI, LGI

  • With Robson Forensic, Inc.
  • Spent more than 30 years working in sports and recreation, and specializes in aquatics
  • Provides instruction to directors of college/university, municipal, school district, hotel/motel, and water park facilities in standard of care for plant operations as well as training and supervision of lifeguards and maintenance staff
  • One of only four Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor Trainers in the world and a Certified Pool Operator Instructor for the National Swimming Pool Foundation
  • Certifies lifeguards through the American Red Cross, as well as instructs chemical safety programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and Recreational Water Safety courses for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials
  • Appointed to the International Code Council committee tasked with drafting the International Swimming Pool Code
  • Served on the Centers for Disease Control Model Aquatic Health Code Technical Committee for Risk Management and Safety
  • Chairs the Policy & Codes Committee of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance at their request
  • In addition to working to increase aquatic safety through national codes and standards, she was recruited by the National Recreation and Park Association to assist in the ongoing development of their Aquatic Facility Operator course curriculum, and by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance to write curriculum for their national Pool & Spa Safety Technician Program, funded by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Developed core curriculum used by swimming lesson instructors to educate children and adults on hazards inherent in and around water
  • Certified playground safety inspector through the National Recreation and Park Association, a certified amusement ride safety inspector through the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials and a certified emergency medical technician
  • Can be contacted at 800-813-6736 or mbella@RobsonForensic.com
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Product ID: 388210
Published 2011
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