Health officials to hold conference to study pool safety

Health officials plan to hold a conference this week to discuss pool safety, citing a lack of available data and lack of resources to address concerns.

The conference, scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia, is intended to share best practices for pool safety in the wake of the deadly April accident that killed five people in a pool in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

While the conference is being held without an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the National Pool Association, and the American Society for Occupational Safety and Health are expected to participate, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

The agenda lists an attendance of more than 500 people, and includes a discussion of a pool safety protocol that has been in place for nearly two decades.

The protocols, which were approved by the National Academy of Sciences in 2013, have been criticized by many for lacking proper testing, including for people with allergies, people with medical conditions, and people with mental health issues, among others.

The meeting is being organized by the American Academy of Occupational Medicine, the Association of Pool Administrators, the Society of Pool Instructors, the International Pool Association and the Pennsylvania Pool Safety Institute, according a copy.

In addition to a list of participants, the agenda also mentions a call for an update on the National Association of Home Health Care Providers’ recommendation for pool training, an updated policy on pool use, and recommendations for pool instructors and supervisors.

The pool safety issue has become a lightning rod for criticism after the accident, in which an employee of a spa and two of her male friends drowned while they were diving in a nearby pool, and an incident in which a pool instructor and two pool workers drowned while working in a Pennsylvania county.

Police chase and chase-hustle near the Lehigh Valley home of former NRL player, says witness

Police are searching for a man who fled the scene of a chase near Lehigh after he was chased by a witness who said he punched a witness in the face.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, ran after the man and punched him in the mouth on the A55 at Wooronga about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

He was caught by a passer-by and taken into custody.

Police are searching his car in the Woorongah area for evidence.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a man hit a witness with his car and then leave the scene.

Detective Inspector Mike Taylor said the witness and the man were both in the same car and were driving northbound on the motorway.

He said the driver did not have a licence plate and was believed to have been travelling northbound from Lehigh.

“The witness told police the man ran after him, punched him and left the scene,” Detective Inspector Taylor said.

“We are still looking for the man, but we do not believe he was driving.

The witness was not injured and is expected to return to Lehigh police station on Thursday.

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Police chase and chase-hustle near the Lehigh Valley home of former NRL player, says witness

Police are searching for a man who fled the scene of a chase near Lehigh after he was chased by a witness who said he punched a witness in the face.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, ran after the man and punched him in the mouth on the A55 at Wooronga about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

He was caught by a passer-by and taken into custody.

Police are searching his car in the Woorongah area for evidence.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a man hit a witness with his car and then leave the scene.

Detective Inspector Mike Taylor said the witness and the man were both in the same car and were driving northbound on the motorway.

He said the driver did not have a licence plate and was believed to have been travelling northbound from Lehigh.

“The witness told police the man ran after him, punched him and left the scene,” Detective Inspector Taylor said.

“We are still looking for the man, but we do not believe he was driving.

The witness was not injured and is expected to return to Lehigh police station on Thursday.

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Police chase and chase-hustle near the Lehigh Valley home of former NRL player, says witness

Police are searching for a man who fled the scene of a chase near Lehigh after he was chased by a witness who said he punched a witness in the face.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, ran after the man and punched him in the mouth on the A55 at Wooronga about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

He was caught by a passer-by and taken into custody.

Police are searching his car in the Woorongah area for evidence.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a man hit a witness with his car and then leave the scene.

Detective Inspector Mike Taylor said the witness and the man were both in the same car and were driving northbound on the motorway.

He said the driver did not have a licence plate and was believed to have been travelling northbound from Lehigh.

“The witness told police the man ran after him, punched him and left the scene,” Detective Inspector Taylor said.

“We are still looking for the man, but we do not believe he was driving.

The witness was not injured and is expected to return to Lehigh police station on Thursday.

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