Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
Saratoga Swim Club is VGB compliant.

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool (VGB) and Spa Safety Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush on December 19, 2007. Designed to prevent the tragic and hidden hazard of drain entrapments and eviscerations in pools and spas, the law became effective on December 19, 2008. Under the law, all public pools and spas must have ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 compliant drain covers installed and a second anti-entrapment system installed, when there is a single main drain other than an unblockable drain.
Consumer Product Safety Commission STAFF’S GUIDE TO COMPLYING WITH THE LAW

By December 19, 2008, ALL public pool owners/operators must:
  • Install drain covers that meet the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8–2007 standard on EVERY drain/grate. A list of cover manufacturers can be found at
  • Install an automatic shut-off system, gravity drainage system, Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS), suction-limiting vent system or disable the drain, if the pool operates off of a
  • SINGLE main drain. Pools and spas with unblockable drains are exempt from this requirement.  A list of SVRS manufacturers can be found at
  • Ensure that dual or multiple main drains are at least 3 feet apart.

Pools And Spas Not Open On December 19, 2008 Are Not Required To Be In Compliance Until The Day The Pool Or Spa Is Re-opened!

The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires all new drain and grate covers be certified to all applicable standards starting on November 12, 2008.

CPSC staff recommends that to ELIMINATE and not just MITIGATE the drain entrapment hazard in pools and spas, pool owners should disable old drains or build new pools without any drains and use gutters, overflows and/or skimmers to provide water to the pump.