Pool Chemical-Associated Health Events in Public and Residential Settings -- United States, 1983-2007

Sackett, D. C.; Wiegert, E. J.; Egan, J. S.; Nicholas, D. C.; Hlavsa, M. C.; Beach, M. J.; Gilchrist, J.
May 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;5/15/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 18, p489
The article presents a summary of pool chemical-associated health events reported to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for public aquatic venues from 1983 to 2006. It is reported that events were caused by direct exposure to chlorine bleach or acid, exposure to toxic chlorine gas, and exposure to chlorine gas generated by mixing incompatible pool chemicals. Factors contributing to the health events include poor chemical handling or storage practices, poor equipment maintenance practices, and poor facility design and engineering.


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