Public Hearings and Comments

CPSC Decision on Unblockable Drains September 28, 2011

CPSC Commissioners voted 3-2 to revoke an earlier interpretation about unblockable drains and the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. The new interpretation requires all single main drains of a blockable size to have a secondary or back-up system or device. The definition of an unblockable drain is determined by the size of the drain opening or sump, not the size of the cover over the opening. The Commission will be accepting public comments on its decision to set a compliance date of May 28, 2012.

The Federal Register Notice announcing a date extension to May 23, 2013 was published in May 2012.

Public Meeting: Pool and Spa Drain Cover Testing for Compliance to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

CPSC staff conducted a public meeting on April 5, 2011, to receive views from all interested parties about the testing methods used to establish the ratings of pool and spa drain covers under ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007, the standard referenced in the P&SS Act; the potential impact that variations of these test methods might have on the rating of pool and spa drain covers; and associated public health considerations. The meeting can be viewed in Windows Media Format. Also available are meeting presentations, slides and comments (reports, comments, and presentations not prepared by the Commission or Commission staff are not official documents of the CPSC, and have not been reviewed by, and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission):

Public Comments

Public Comments on the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; Public Accommodation, CPSC-2010-0102, as of December 22, 2010

Who is Virginia Graeme Baker?

Seven-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker’s tragic death inspired her family to advocate for pool and spa safety and moved Congress to act to prevent entrapments. 
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The Pool and Spa Safety Act: Staff interpretation and updates


Find the most up to date requirements for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.