Navigating Commercial Codes and Standards (Part One)

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Moderator: Jennifer Hatfield, PHTA

Presenters: Katie Moore, Kris Bridges, Dewey Case, Dennis Berkshire



The following of a given jurisdictions required codes and standards is a necessity for aquatic facilities.  However, navigating the codes and ensuring you have a solid understanding of what codes and standards are required in your state can be difficult. During this presentation, our panel of experts will provide you an outline of the national commercial codes and standards that exist, how states and localities go about utilizing them, and then discuss how to implement those into your facility effectively.


Learning Objectives

  • List the Commercial Codes and Standards
  • Examine current Commercial Codes and Standards
  • Identify updated Commercial Codes and Standards
  • Review procedures to ensure implementation


Presenter Bios

Dewey Case serves as the Technical Director for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code.  His career started as a part time lifeguard, evolved into servicing pools, then began managing aquatic facilities while in college.  Upon graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, he served in the pool management industry before moving on to the Y.  During his career, he has served the YMCA of the USA by providing expertise in aquatic safety, most notably serving as the volunteer project lead for the 2011 revision of the Y-USA Aquatic Safety Guidelines.  Prior to 2011 he also served the local and state chapters of the American Red Cross, chairing the local Preparedness, Health, & Safety (PHSS) committee, and serving on the state Quality Assurance committee.  He served on the Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision Technical Committee for the MAHC 1st Edition, as well as serving on the Technical Review Committee for the MAHC 3rd Edition.  He was recognized as an “aquatics lifer” by Aquatics International in the 2018 Power Issue.  Holding multiple Instructor Trainer certifications from the American Red Cross, as well as instructor credentials with the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance, he enjoys helping other aquatic facilities improve operations, and helping young aquatics professionals hone and develop their craft, whether in rescue and response, pool operations, management, training lifeguards, or teaching swimming. Dewey also serves as the Association Aquatics Director for The Family YMCA of Southeast Mississippi.

Dewey Case


Dennis Berkshire has over 40 years of experience in the aquatics industry, with national field experience in swimming pool design, construction and operation, and training. Dennis chaired the Operator Training Module for the Model Aquatic Health Code and is working with the National Sanitation Foundation as a member of the Joint Committee on Recreational Water Facilities. As an instructor for the Certified Pool Operator course and the Aquatic Facility Operator course, he has trained over 1,000 swimming pool and aquatic facility operators. In addition, Dennis was named as one of “Power 25” by Aquatics International Magazine for his efforts in shaping the Model Aquatic Health Code.

Dennis Berkshire


Kris Bridges is the Building Official for the city of Martinsville, Va. He is a Master Code Professional (MCP) that maximizes the safety and integrity of buildings by uncovering and recommending effective remediation strategies for overt and latent issues. Before pursuing a career in the building code industry, Kris Bridges served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. During this time, Bridges was involved in safety projects that helped develop his interest in furthering his code education. He attended Baker College and graduated magna cum laude with an associate degree in code administration. In 1995, he began his career as a Property Maintenance and Amusement Inspector for Danville, Va., gaining valuable experience in inspecting and ensuring compliance and maintenance of property and amusement devices. After six years, Kris secured a position as a Combination Code Inspector in Martinsville, Va. In this position, he investigated and advised multiple stakeholders on building safety issues. As one of his many achievements, Bridges created and implemented work practices to help mitigate the economic downturn for the highest unemployment rate in Va. by enabling participation at state, regional and national levels. Bridges holds 22 certifications including Certified Building Official, Combination Inspector, Commercial Combination Inspector, Commercial Building Plans Examiner, Commercial Energy Inspector, Commercial Energy Plans Examiner and Commercial Building Inspector. In addition, he was appointed to the Virginia Manufactured Housing Board by the governor, is the Past President of the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA) and is currently serving his second five-year term as ICC Region VII Treasurer. As a new member of the ICC Board of Directors, Bridges looks forward to supporting the members and bringing brand recognition to ICC. He believes that the Code Council plays a significant role in building safety and hopes to promote the association’s reputation and the important job of the code official. Bridges demonstrates his commitment to building safety through his participation as chair for several Code Council committees including the International Residential Code Committee and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Drafting Committee. Bridges previously served on the ICC Evaluation Service Board of Managers.

Kris Bridges


Kathleen Moore, R.S., CPO holds a Bachelor of Science, University of Houston, Biology and Chemistry, is a Registered Professional Sanitarian in the State of Texas and a Certified Pool Operator. She presently works with the Department of State Health Services as a Sanitarian and her many achievements include development of the State of Texas Public Swimming Pool and Spa regulations, development of the State of Texas regulations for Public Interactive Water Features and Fountains (PIWFs), development of the first regulations for Artificial Swimming Lagoons in the United States and development and maintenance of a positive working relationships with major stakeholder groups, local regulatory officials and representatives from federal agencies She provides highly technical advice and direction to program staff, local programs, health officials and the public regarding public pools and spas, artificial swimming lagoons, PIWFs, drowning and injury prevention, and aquatic safety. She also developed and maintained a working knowledge of applicable national standards, building and safety codes, federal laws and rules, and state laws and rules that impact public, commercial, and private pools and spas, artificial swimming lagoons and PIWFs and has conducted COVID contact tracing. Her committee appointments include CMAHC Technical Review Committee, CMAHC Artificial Lagoon Committee, NSF Recreation Water Facilities Committee and NSF Floatation Systems Task Force Co-Chair.

Kathleen Moore


Jennifer Hatfield has nearly 20 years of legislative and regulatory experience and is currently the Vice President, Government Affairs & Codes, for the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). She spent the last 10 years working as the managing member of J. Hatfield & Associates, PL, a government consulting business based out of Rockledge, Florida.

Jennifer has represented the pool & spa industry since 2006, first as the Florida Swimming Pool Association In-house Government Relations Director and then as their Government Relations Consultant from August 2010 – September 2018. She began working for the national trade association, PHTA (formerly the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals), in 2008. She previously provided consulting work for the National Swimming Pool Foundation, now part of PHTA.

Jennifer’s work for the pool & spa industry encompasses the federal, state and local level and includes: analyzing and monitoring legislation and regulatory rulemaking; lobbying legislative and regulatory bodies; drafting amendments, petitions for declaratory statements, public comments and various other documents; and specializing in state and national building code processes, code proposal submittals and national consensus standard processes as well as energy efficiency and construction contractor issues. In addition, she has experience in providing grassroots advocacy development with trade associations and advisement on political action committees and their decisions on supporting candidates for elected office. She also has taught code and licensure classes to Florida contractors and speaks to groups on advocacy best practices.

Her love of water began as a child growing up in Virginia, where she was a frequent visitor to the neighborhood pool. This led to her becoming an American Red Cross lifeguard, water safety instructor and lifeguard instructor, as well as a Certified Pool Operator.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary and is a graduate of the Frederic G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar and previously worked at the Florida Legislature as a committee attorney for the Florida House of Representatives. Prior to moving to Florida, Jennifer worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Hatfield