By Connie Sue Centrella
The first mandate from the U.S. government came in the form of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA), which was signed into law in 2007, with mandatory compliance by December 2008. Also referred to as the VGB or P&SS Act, the law was written to protect pool and spa bathers from the danger of entrapment.
Most agree the law’s intent is good; yet the implementation was flawed, and has unfortunately caused much confusion. The good news is, however, since the law was enacted, no entrapment fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in the U.S.
The pundits continue to debate the particulars of the law and seek to change its scope; however, it remains important for pool/spa professionals to keep up to date on any changes that may develop.
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