Acute Illness and Injury from Swimming Pool Disinfectants and Other Chemicals

Swimming pools require disinfectants and other chemicals to maintain water quality and prevent swimmers from acquiring infections (1). When these chemicals are stored or used improperly or when they are handled or applied by persons not using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), illness or injury can result (2). To assess the frequency of illness and injury related to pool chemicals, CDC analyzed data for the period 2002–2008 from six states participating in the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk (SENSOR)–Pesticides surveillance program and from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). This report describes the results of that analysis.

Source : Acute illness and injury from swimming pool disinfectants and other chemicals — United States, 2002–2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, October 7, 2011, Vol. 60, No. 39, p. 1343-1347.

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