Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act - Update November 2011

CPSC Reverses Decision on Definition of an Unblockable Drain

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB) (effective December 20, 2007), promotes the safe use of pools, spas and hot tubs by imposing mandatory federal requirements for suction entrapment avoidance and by establishing a voluntary grant program for states with laws that meet certain minimum requirements as outlined in the Act. The VGB is being administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

November 2011 Update
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to revoke the Commission's original rule on the interpretation of an "unblockable drain" as described in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.  Previously, an unblockable drain was defined to include the drain cover, meaning that a small suction fitting (drain) with an unblockable cover which fit into a smaller, blockable sump would be classified as unblockable. With the decision to revoke that original interpretation, the definition will include the sump, but not the suction fitting or the drain cover.  Therefore, a large unblockable drain cover over a smaller blockable drain cannot be used to create an unblockable drain. More details.

August 2011 Update
The Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) has voted unanimously to approve ANSI/APSP-16 2011 as the successor standard to the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8 drain cover standard mandated by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool &Spa Safety Act. The Commission determined the new standard, ANSI/APSP-16 2011, was in the public interest, and incorporated this standard into its regulations. This means that, effective September 6, 2011, drain covers manufactured, distributed, or entered into commerce in the United States must conform to the requirements of ANSI/APSP-16 2011. Please note that these changes apply to the manufacture and installation of the drain cover. The new standards relate to: