APSP Standard Becomes Federal Law Through VGB Act

APSP LogoThe APSP recently announced that ANSI/APSP 16, a standard for suction fittings in pools and hot tubs, was approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission July 29. The new standard will replace the ASME drain cover standard currently referenced in the Virginia Graeme Baker Act.

According to the association, this marks the first time an APSP standard has been incorporated into federal law.

“It represents formal recognition by the Commission of Addenda B of the prior standard, which allows for alternative hair entrapment testing for hot tub fittings,” the association said in a release. “This enables hot tub manufacturers to continue to meet important federal safety standards and protect consumers.”

Carvin DiGiovanni, senior director, Technical & Standards, for APSP, touted the news as a major step forward for the association’s government relations.

“For years, APSP has invested countless hours and resources devoted to the safety of consumers through its ANSI consensus standards program,” he says. “Government recognition of our standard as being in the public interest is just beginning.”

While the federal government’s adoption of the standard represents a first for APSP, DiGiovanni points out that several other APSP standards have been incorporated into state and local codes, including the ANSI/APSP-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance, which he says is in effect in much of the United States and will be adopted by more states.

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