15 Mar Do My Float Tanks Require Special Certifications?
In short, yes, but we’ll start by explaining the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) currently in use in the US. At its core, the MAHC is exactly what you would assume it to be from its name. It’s a set of guidelines for recreational water sanitation developed by the Centers for Disease Control. Though it’s not a list of regulations, the MAHC does outline best practices and tips for owners of pools and spas about applying for permits, testing water chemical levels, constructing facilities and passing health inspections.
Time for a history lesson. The MAHC hasn’t been around for too long at all. The first version was released in 2014 and didn’t contain any language on floating until just last year when it was updated to include extensive rhetoric on the topic. Though the MAHC isn’t something you need to adhere to just yet, especially in Canada, it is coming down the pipeline, with New Mexico being the first state to turn it into their regulations. Click here to read the MAHC (search flotation for the float tank revisions).
There are no set North American electrical standards for float tank manufacturers. Your local inspector’s requirements before you open your float centre will vary depending on your municipality. Pro Float Inc. gets an Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) Electrical Field Inspection Certification on all of our Pro Float Cabins. We are the only sensory deprivation tank manufacturers who have a national electrical certification on every one of our cabins. Often you’ll find that as opposed to certification on an entire float solution, each individual component of your tank may be certified and shipped to you. Depending on where you live and your municipality’s requirements, you may need your constructed tank to be electrically certified as whole, and no just each piece. Certification can be expensive, and on top of the up to $1500 certification fee per tank, you’ll lose potential revenue while your centre is closed writing for certifications to come through which could take weeks if not months.
Due to overwhelming growth of the float industry, guidelines similar to the MAHC have emerged in provinces like British Columbia and Ontario. Therefore, health departments and city inspectors are beginning to seek further information on the safety of centres’ float tanks by means of third-party inspection.
We recently encountered a customer in Penticton, B.C. who had a local inspector inquire about proof that her Pro Float Cabin and other non-Pro Float tank were certified. Because we have the electronics of our entire Cabins certified, the customer’s Pro Float Cabin did have the proper serialised data plates and registration. However, her other pod had not been electrically certified by a third-party and she was therefore forced to temporarily close her float centre. Because the pod was manufactured in the U.S., it was incredibly difficult to get the electrics certified in Canada. We reached out to her and got her scheduled with a proper certification company. Within a couple weeks her pod was electrically certified, and she was able to open her centre doors once more.
You may have noticed our mantra on our website: “Promote the float.” We believe so thoroughly in the benefits of floating, and care so deeply about our customers, we’re happy to help you find the certification companies that you require no matter where you’re opening your float centre. Contact us today for more information on our Cabins and the certification process!