On May 26, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of approximately one million anti entrapment drain covers. Consumers were recommended to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The recalled drain covers were rated with improper flow rates and were unable to meet the rated value stamped on the drains.
Consumers, as well as all pool owners and operators should contact the manufacturer of the drain cover to receive a replacement or retrofit, if available. All public shallow pools i.e., wading pools and hot tub/spas must have immediate action taken.
The NJDOH is providing the following action guidelines to all local health authorities (LHA):
LHAs should send a letter to all public pools under their jurisdiction advising them of the voluntary recall with guidance on actions needed and who is exempt from compliance.
Include a copy of Form CB-20 "Certification for the Replacement of Main Drain Covers in Pool/Spa”; and
Inform each facility that they need to complete the form or a photo copy of the form they already submitted to their LHA, highlighting the make and model # and whether it is on the recall list or not. The facility should be sure to sign and date the form.
Each facility should submit the CB-20 Form back to the LHA specifying any action that may have been taken.
Wading pools and hot tubs/spas are the highest priority and immediate action shall be taken to protect the public.
The LHA will then provide an electronic list of all their pools and actions taken to the NJDOH, Public Health Sanitation and Safety Program Supervisor:
The U.S. CPSC has provided important recall information which is available on the APSP FAQ sheet for health professionals. This FAQ sheet has additional information on pools and spas that are not subject to the recall:
If the drain covers were installed before December 19, 2008 or are part of a hydraulically-balanced multiple-drain system (at least three feet apart, center to center) or have a gravity-based system, then replacement is not required.
Pools or spas with unblockable drains that have been rated and listed by the manufacturer as unblockable and include: long "channel drains” 3” x 31” or larger and other large drains, typically 24” x 24” or larger.
Swimming pools (not wading pools or in-ground spas) that have a multiple main drain system or a gravity-drainage system are exempt from this recall.
The following is a current list of the manufacturers of the recalled drain covers which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers:
A&A Manufacturing, Phoenix, AZ;
AquaStar Pool Products Inc., San Diego, CA;
Color Match Pool Fittings, Surprise, AZ;
Custom Molded Products, Tyrone, GA;
Hayward Pool Products, Elizabeth, NJ;
Lawson Aquatics, Naples, FL;
Paramount Pool & Spa Systems, Chandler, AZ;
Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Sanford, NC;
Rising Dragon USA, E. Sweetwater, TN; and
Waterway Plastics, Oxnard, CA
If you have any further questions, please contact Loel Muetter of the NJHDSS Public Health Sanitation and Safety Program at (609) 826-4941.