ANSI/PHTA Standards

Since 1983, PHTA has been accredited by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the Standards Development Organization for the nation's pool and spa standards and now counts 16 American National Standards under its purview. These national consensus standards establish voluntary minimum guidelines that, when adopted by governments and agencies, have the force of law.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a non-profit, privately funded membership organization that coordinates the development of U.S. voluntary national standards and is the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) via the United States National Committee (USNC).

The Institute was founded in 1918, prompted by the need for an "umbrella" organization to coordinate the activities of the U.S. voluntary standards system and eliminate conflict and duplication in the development process. For over eighty years, this system has been successfully administered by the private sector, via ANSI, with the cooperation of federal, state and local governments. The Institute serves a diverse membership of over 1400 companies, 250 professional, technical, trade, labor, and consumer organizations and some 30 government agencies. Standards exist in all industries, including safety and health, telecommunications, information processing, petroleum, medical devices, etc.

ANSI does not itself develop American National Standards; rather it facilitates development by providing the structure within which standards can be developed and consensus can be achieved. ANSI approval of these standards is intended to verify that the principles of openness and due process have been followed in the approval procedure and that a consensus of those directly and materially affected by the standards has been achieved.

The voluntary standards system in the United States consists of a large number of standards developers that write and maintain one or more national standards. The Institute ensures that its guiding principles-consensus, due process, and openness-are followed by these standards developers through the process of accreditation.

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The Association of Pool & Spas Professionals (APSP) follows the established Standards Development Policies and Procedures when developing standards as American National Standards (ANS). These requirements are defined in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards. The APSP ANSI Accredited Procedures for Development of American National Standards was approved by ANSI on November 23, 2015. These revised procedures replace the previous published procedures approved on May 21, 2010. 

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The PHTA standards programs consists of the PHTA, serving as the Secretariat, the PHTA Standards Writing Committees (SWCs), the Technical Committee of the PHTA Board of Directors (TC) and the PHTA Standards Consensus Committee (SCC) serving as the consensus body. The SCC shall be sufficiently diverse to ensure reasonable balance without dominance by one particular interest category or corporation in accordance with the ANSI Essential Requirements. The PHTA will strive for balance of all interested and affected parties giving them an opportunity to participate in the development of ANSI approved PHTA standards. By adhering to ANSI's due process of openness, balance and consensus, PHTA standards will serve and protect the public.

Steps to approve:

  1. The PHTA Standards Writing Committee (SWC) drafts the content of a proposed American National Standard.
  2. The PHTA Technical Committee (TC) reviews the draft for technical accuracy.
  3. The draft then enters the ANSI balloting process for a vote of the PHTA Standards Consensus Committee (SCC) and public review. The SCC is responsible for changing and approving the technical content of the standard.
  4. The standard is submitted to ANSI for approval as an American National Standard. 



The PHTA Technical Committee provides crucial expertise and guidance in the review of the technical accuracy of the ANSI/PHTA consensus standards. They review technical, safety and health products of the association and conduct appropriate scientific research.

Steve Barnes, Chairman
Aquastar Pool Products
Ventura, CA

Greg Aymes
Aquasort Pools, LLC DBA Buster Crabbe
New Brunswick, NJ

Maria Bella
Professional Pool Solutions LLC
Reading, PA

Maribel Campos
International Code Council (ICC)
Brea, CA

Kenneth Gregory
Pentair Aquatic Systems
Washington, UT

Dan Johnson 
Clean Water Design LLC
Franklin, NC 

Jeff McGalliard
J.M.K. Plasterers, Inc.
Souderton, PA

Stephen Neville, CBP, CSP
Island Construction Corporation
Del Mar, CA

Angelo Pugliese
Newnanm, GA

Shajee Siddiqui
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
Vista, CA

Dennis Berkshire
Aquatic Design Group
Carslbad, CA

Ron Eastman 
Latham Pool Products
Latham, NY

Bill Hamilton
Hamilton & Associates
Pflugerville, TX

Joseph Laurino
Periodic Products
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ray Mirzaei
Waterway Plastics
Oxnard, CA

John O'Hare
Hayward Industries, Inc.
Clemmons, NC

Mike Ribnikar
Premier Pools and Spas/DFW
Plano, TX

Bill Svendsen
S.R. Smith, LLC
Canby, OR 

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PHTA has reaccredited its procedures with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organization. In doing so, PHTA has created the PHTA Standards Consensus Committee (SCC) in accordance with ANSI essential requirements and due process requirements for American National Standards. This consensus committee is responsible for voting on the technical content of each of the ANSI/PHTA standards.

The Standards Consensus Committee (SCC) comprises a balance of 10 members from each of the following interest categories:

Producer. Manufacturer, builder, or installer of swimming pools, spas and hot tubs or components.

User. Any individual/entity that uses swimming pools, spas, swim spas and hot tubs or components. This includes but is not limited to federal, state, or local regulatory agency or department for public safety. The entity may also have the responsibility of regulating or monitoring swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs.

General Interest. An entity or individual with expertise in swimming pools, but that neither produces nor uses them directly. This category includes but is not limited to consultants, academia, insurance companies, testing laboratories (that test or certify pool and spa components against standards) public interest organizations, and “not-for-profits” having an interest in pools, spas/hot tubs

SCC Chair

Kris Bridges
City of Martinsville, VA

SCC Vice Chair

Thomas Pitcherello
N.J. Dept. of Community Affairs, Codes


Producers: 10 Members

All American Custom Pools & Spas, Inc.
John Romano, CBP, CSP, President/CEO
225 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851

Carefree Pools, Inc.
John Bently, CBP, CSP, President/CEO
29870 N. Skokie Highway, Suite 101
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Hayward Industries, Inc.
John O'Hare, CSP, CBP, Product Compliance Manager
One Hayward Industrial Drive
Clemmons, NC 27012

Team Horner Group
Dr. Bill Kent, President
5755 Powerline Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

Idaho Aquatic Services, LLC/Idaho Pool Remodeling
Scott Heusser, CPO, CPOI, CPI, CAEA, Managing Member
283 E. Washakie Street
Meridian, ID 83646

Latham Pool Products
Michael Tinkler, Technical Service Manager
787 Watervliet Shaker Road
Latham, NY 12110

Master Spas, Inc.
Nathan Coelho, Vice President of Engineering
6927 Lincoln Parkway
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Paragon Pools
Joe Vassallo, President
7473 W. Lake Mead Boulevard, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89128

S.R. Smith LLC
Bill Svendsen, Director of Engineering
1017 SW Berg Parkway
Canby, OR 97013

Van Kirk & Sons, Inc.
Don Cesarone Jr., General Manager/Vice President
3144 SW 13 Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


General Interest: 10 Members

American Red Cross
Connie Harvey, Director Aquatics Centennial Initiatives
2025 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Chesapeake Aquatic Consultants, LCC
Frank Goldstein, President
113 Prospect Bay Drive W.
Garsonville, MD 21638

United Independent School District
Louis Sam Fruia, M.Ed., AFO, CPO/CPI
11202 Riverbank Drive
Laredo, TX 77384

Consultant, Don Leas
2632 Forest Dr.
Mayport, PA 16240

G. Burkitt Consulting
Garrett Burkitt, President
2867 Chippewa Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Higgins Environmental Solutions (National Environmental Health Association)
Florence Higgins R.S., Owner/Consultant
1341 Dwyer Avenue
Raton, NM 87740

MasterCorp, Inc. (American Hotel & Lodging Association)
Tony Mendez, V.P. of Risk Management & Safety
215 Celebration Place, Suite 160
Celebration, FL 34747

The Walt Disney Company's Water Parks and Miniature Golf
Brian Cresse, Senior Mechanical Engineer
PO Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

USA Diving
Dan Lease, Consultant
2632 Forest Drive
Mayport,  PA 16240

Water Technology Inc.
Chuck Neuman, Chairman
100 Park Avenue
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

World Waterpark Association
Rick Root, President
8826 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 310
Overland Park, KS 66212


Government/User: 10 Members

Cecil County Government, MD
William V. Funk Jr., Supervisor-Inspections
200 Chesapeake Boulevard
Elkton, MD 21921

City of Martinsville, VA
Kris Bridges, Deputy Department Building Official
P.O. Box 1112
Martinsville, VA 24540

Orange County Florida
Joseph R. Crum, CBO Building Official
201 S. Rosaline Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

CSG Consultants
Mike Temmant, Plans Examiner
361 Banuelo Drive
Henderson, NV 89014

Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
Justin DeWitt, P.E., LEEDAP, Chief of General Engineer
525 W. Jefferson Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62761

International Code Council (ICC) 
Lee Clifton, Director of PMG Resources, Government Relations
3060 Saturn Street, Suite 100 
Brea, CA 92821-1732

N.J. Dept. of Community Affairs, Codes
Thomas Pitcherello, Code Specialist
101 S. Broad Street, P.O. Box 802
Trenton, NJ 08625

Texas Department of State and Health Services
Katie O. Moore, R.S., CPO, Compliance Officer
P.O. Box 149347 MC 1987
Austin, TX 78714-9347

The Town of Flower Mound
Thomas Vyles, REHS/RS, Environmental Health Manager
2121 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Washington State Department of Health Office of Environmental Health & Safety
Jun Naotsuka, Public Health Advisor, Water Recreation Program
5616 Mount Adams Street S.E.
Lacey, WA 98503

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (PSC)*
Perry Sharpless (non-voting)

PHTA Staff*
Susan J. Hilaski (non-voting), Director of Standards Promotion & Adoption
2111 Eisenhower Ave, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314

* *Denotes Non-Voting Member






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