Solutions to Suction Entrapment for Pools and Spas and the New IAF-7 Standard


Speaker:                     Steve Barnes

Product Manager, Safety and Compliance

Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Phoenix, AZ



Level of Knowledge:  Basic


Short Abstract:


Suction entrapment hazards exist in almost all pools and spas, yet these hazards are largely unrecognizable. This straightforward presentation will teach attendees how the five suction entrapment hazards endanger public health and safety, how to easily recognize suction entrapment hazards, and how they can be effectively addressed with readily available technology. The content of this presentation is based on IAF-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance.  Armed with this basic knowledge, attendees will be given a quick overview of current initiatives to improve product standards, building codes, health codes, and how attendee leadership in environmental health puts them in a great position to raise awareness and help eliminate these hazards.


Learning Objectives:


At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the five suction entrapment hazards found in most pools and spas
  2. Know how suction entrapment hazards can be addressed in new and existing pools and spas
  3. Understand how laws, codes, and building standards are changing to force compliance