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Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook (2014 Edition)
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National Swimming Pool Foundation® (2014)

This fundamental training and reference manual is for professionals who help protect those who use aquatic venues, including operators, health officials, service technicians, retailers, property managers, and manufacturers. Industry leaders recognize it as the single most important resource for the recreational water industry.

This handbook

  • educates readers on how to reduce risks in and around the water;
  • provideds valuable information to prevent drowning, recreational water illness, suction entrapment, evisceration, diving accidents, electrocutions, chemical hazards, and slips and falls; and
  • summarizes regulatory guidelines, disinfection, water balance, water problems, troubleshooting, chemical testing, record keeping, chemical feed, and control technology.

Full color throughout with a color-coded chapter identification, expanded keyword index and table of contents, and mathematical and calculation guide. The handbook also serves as a textbook for the Certified Pool-Spa Operator® certification. Study reference for NEHA's REHS/RS exam.

298 pages, spiral-bound paperback

Table of Contents

1. Pool & Spa Management

Types of Pools
Health Agencies
Risk Management
Who Should Become a Certified Operator?
The Certified Operator

2. Regulations and Guidelines

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The Department of Transportation (DOT)
The Department of Justice (DOJ)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP)
The World Health Organization (WHO)
The Chlorine Institute
NSF International (NSFI)
ASTM International (ASTM)
Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
American Red Cross
Resource Contact List

3. Essential Calculations

Basic Arithmetic

4. Pool Water Contamination

Recreational Water Illness

Fecal Related Illnesses


Fecal Incident Response Recommendations for Pool Staff
Non-Fecal Illnesses
Summary of Illness Prevention
Other Pool Water Health Concerns

5. Disinfection

Chlorine Chemistry

6. Water Balance

Balance Factors
Saturation Index

Ryznar Stability Index

7. Pool & Spa Water Problems

Chemical Dosing
Chemical Adjustments
Combined Chlorine: Water & Air Quality
Colored Water
Cloudy Water
Scum Line

8. Chemical Testing

Test Methods
Test Procedures
Testing Frequency
Disinfectant Testing
Water Balance Testing
Other Testing Concerns

9. Chemical Feed & Control

Manually Adding Chemicals
Mechanical Feeders
Dry Chemical Feeders
Gas Feed Systems
Chlorine Generators
Feeder Automation

10. Water Circulation

Circulation Systems
Turnover Rate
Flow Rate
Suction Side Elements & Entrapment
Circulation Pumps
Pressure Side Elements
Circulation Summary

11. Pool & Spa Filtration

Filter Media
Water Clarity
Filter Media Rate (FMR)
Filter Area
Sand Filtration
Other Sand Filters
Cartridge Filtration
Diatomaceous Earth
Filtration Summary

12. Heating & Air Circulation

Energy Losses
Heat Gains
Gas Heater Sizing
Heater Installation
Air Circulation

13. Spa & Therapy Operations

Hot Water Health Benefits
Safe Use Guidelines
Hot Water Systems
Hot Water Circulation
Hot Water Chemistry
Other Hot Water Concerns

14. Facility Safety

Safety in the Water
Safety Around the Water

15. Keeping Records

Emergency Response Plans

16. Maintenance Systems

The Maintenance Plan
Routine Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance
Seasonal Maintenance

Swimming Pool and Spa Routine Maintenance

17. Troubleshooting

Pumps and Motors
Water Loss
Gas-Fired Heaters
Troubleshooting Filters

18. Facility Renovation & Design

Facility Design & Renovation
Professional Help
Renovation & Modernization
Disability Access
Design Considerations – Aquatic Play Features

Appendix A: Sample Checklists & Logs
Appendix B: Water Chemistry Guidelines & Worksheets

Appendix C: Legislation & Regulation Information




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