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APSP: Association of Pool and Spa Professionals

APSP, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, founded in 1956, is a nonprofit organization with over 4,000 members that develops and publishes standards for the pool, spa, and hot tub industries. Headquartered in Alexandria, United States, APSP standards have been incorporated into laws in 47 states within the United States. In addition to developing APSP standards, APSP is heavily involved in public service announcements and other methods of educating the public about pool safety. Standards from APSP are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI/APSP/ICC 1-2014

American National Standard for Public Swimming Pools

This standard covers public swimming pools to be used for swimming, bathing, competitive activities, or recreational activities and operated by an owner, lessee, operator, licensee, or concessionaire, regardless of whether a fee is charged for use.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 5a-2012

American National Standard for ResidentialáInground Swimming Pools

Includes Addenda A. This standard applies to permanently installed residential inground swimming pools intended for non commercial use as a swimming pool by not more than three owner families and their guests and exceeding 24 inches (61 cm) in water depth.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 7-2013

American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins

This standard covers design and performance criteria for circulation systems including components, devices, and related technology installed to protect against entrapment hazards in residential and public swimming pools, wading pools, inground spas, infinity edge basins, (infinity edge type pools) and catch Pools, and Aquatic Recreation Facilities.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 16-2017

American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs

This standard establishes materials, testing, use, installation, and marking requirements for new or replacement bather-accessible Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFAs), other than maintenance drains, that are designed to be fully submerged for use in any pool, which include, but are not limited to a swimming pool, hot tub, spa, portable spa, or non-portable wading pool, or other aquatic venue intended for swimming or recreational bathing. The term pool is used throughout this standard as an identifier for these bodies of water.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 3-2014

American National Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas and Swim Spas

This standard is intended to cover permanently installed residential spas and swim spas and not public spas, swim spas or factory built residential portable spas, swim spas that are used for bathing and are operated by an owner. In this type of spa the heater and water circulating equipment are not an integral part of the product. The spa is intended as a permanent fixture, and is not intended to be moved.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 14-2019

American National Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency

This standard is to cover the test procedures and methodology for determining the energy efficiency of self-contained portable electric spas and hot tubs. This standard has been updated as a result of input from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and members of the International Hot Tub Association (IHTA). The update includes new formulas to calculate Allowable Standby Power, including inflatable spas, and new labeling requirements.


ANSI/APSP 11-2019

American National Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas

Public swimming pools and spas. This standard covers public swimming pools and spas to be used for bathing and operated by an owner, licensee, or concessionaire, regardless of whether a fee is charged for use. Public swimming pools covered by this standard. Public swimming pools covered by this standard include all the classes in section 2 below. Pools designed for interaction with marine life have special requirements and are not covered by this standard. Variation in methods. This standard provides specifications for water quality parameters, but does not specify the technologies needed to achieve these values.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 5a-2012

American National Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools

Includes Addenda A. This standard applies to permanently installed residential inground swimming pools intended for non commercial use as a swimming pool by not more than three owner families and their guests and exceeding 24 inches (61 cm) in water depth.


ANSI/APSP/ICC 4a-2013

American National Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools

This standard describes certain criteria for the design, manufacturing, testing, care, and use of aboveground/onground residential (Type-O) non-diving swimming pools and their components.


ANSI/APSP/ICC/NPC 12a-2019

American National Standard for the Plastering of Swimming Pools and Spas + Supplement A

This standard covers the material and application for the plastering of cementitous finish coatings for in-groud swimming pools or other cementitious water-containment vessels.


ANSI/IAF 9-2005

American National Standard for Aquatic Recreation Facilities

This standard provides recommended minimum guidelines for the design, equipment operation, and installation of waterparks. Pools covered by this standard are designed for free-form aquatic play and recreation and differ from those addressed in ANSI/NSPI-1: Standard for Public Swimming Pools. Pools covered by this standard include pools: wave action pools; activity pools; catch pools; leisure rivers; vortex pools; interactive play attractions - water treatment and filtration only.


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