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  1. Rich
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  3. Tuesday, October 14 2014, 02:50 PM
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what is a good plan to deal with thre heath department ?
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To add to the great previous posts, I recommened contacting the manufacturers of the tanks you want to use in your center. Ocean Float USA and US Float Tanks (Genesis Pods) have been very helpful for me. Both are willing to go above and beyond to work with you and your health department. I'm sure other manufacturers will do the same since they want to see more people floating and they want thir product sold. Best of luck!

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Michael Berman Accepted Answer
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Hey Rich,


So, I recently dealt with the health department and I felt like I had a pretty good approach going in.


1)First of all try a quick search of your pool and spas codes. Where are you located? Try to get a general sense of the codes and see if there is anything related to floating. For example, I am in Michigan, and while there is nothing in the code related to floating, it did define a therapeutic pool as two or more people at once.This was helpful to know going in.


2) Next step is one suggested by Graham from Float On that I found really valuable: take a Certified Pool Operators Course (CPO course). You can find courses locations here:http://nspf.org/en/CPO/CPOSchedule.aspx. Not only does the course impress the health department official, but it really helps you understand and appreciate the environment you are working in. Keeping the water clean is a really serious business, and this course helps you understand that and some of the best practices. Cost about 300, but definitely worth it.


3) I prepared a packet. So, I took the best practices from the Floatation Tank Association (http://www.floatation.org/resources/healthinfo/)and float tank solutions (http://www.floattanksolutions.com/product/free-health-department-essentials/), studies on the benefits of floating, then included the results from Float On (they had some lab tests that showed using the 'best practices' that no harmful bacteria survived--it does cost some money.), and finally some exemptions from other health departments across US.


4) Call people in the industry: Graham from Float On was great, David Wasserman from Oasis was great, and Shoshana Leibner from Floatation Tank Association was great.


5) Call the health department head and ask to set up a time to chat. Keep this conversation brief, the goal is to get a meeting and not to decide anything on the phone (face to face is always better).


6) Come prepared and frame the conversation in a collaborative way. You guys both have the same goal in mind: to make floating the safest experience for users. Be patient.


Overall, it is a really important conversation, so don't take it lightly. It would suck if they made up their mind early, and you are forced to be in a long protracted battle. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Also, let me know if you have any other questions, as I am more then willing to help you out.


Good luck,


Michael



P.S. I would use the word best practices when talking procedures to keep water clean.

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Thank you that was a helpful post. I have been thinking its going to be a gamble on the person i speak with. My local town has no health department but they do have codes im going to talk with in person and then health department on a county level. I do feel a liitle under prepared so it is gona be some best practices research.
  1. Rich
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What an excellent reply... thx!
  1. Kane Mantyla
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My local health department didn't care, so I called the state office, who said nothing applied to us and sent me to the massage board just to be sure. The massage board was like "why are you calling us?", and so eventually I was out of people to ask permission from. If this happens with you too, I think it's smart to write down who you talked to and when.
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