The Issue: Pool & Spa Safety

APSP is synonymous with safety!

Since 2006 when the first ever spa & pool safety legislation was introduced in Congress, APSP has been instrumental in forging a new era of pool and spa safety. In the years following the 2007 adoption of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGBA), APSP has worked tirelessly with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to interpret the law’s intent, facilitate drain cover recalls, and advocate for revised standards.

Pool Safety Legislation – APSP Advocacy


  • An APSP standard was written into pool safety laws for the first time on July 29, 2011, when the CPSC unanimously approved the adoption of ANSI/APSP-16 as the drain cover standard for the VGBA.
  • APSP testimony was integral in persuading the CPSC that pools with multiple drains do not need additional devices. As a result, CPSC interpretations for public pools and the VGBA’s voluntary residential requirements are consistent with ANSI/APSP-7.
  • APSP working with CPSC was instrumental in protecting public safety while minimizing damage to manufacturing members during a voluntary drain cover recall. With the coordinated efforts of manufacturers and the APSP, a vast majority of existing pools were declared exempt from the recall.

For more information on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and the ANSI/APSP-7 Suction Entrapment Avoidance Standard, click here.