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Excerpt — ACSM's Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines-4th Edition

Health/fitness facility standards and guidelines for risk management and emergency policies

Risk management refers to the practices and systems that businesses put in place to reduce or limit their exposure to potential liability and financial loss.

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Integrating a PAD program in your facility's emergency response policy

A PAD program uses AEDs, which are sophisticated computerized machines that are simple to operate and enable a layperson with minimal training to administer this potentially lifesaving intervention.

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Maintain health/fitness facility sauna, steam room, and whirlpool operating standards

Saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools are all potentially high-risk areas to members and users because of the high temperatures and humidity that are generated in these spaces.

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Provide fitness equipment that plays the most significant role in the industry

According to empirical data from the health/fitness facility industry, a typical health/fitness facility will invest between $20 and $25 per square foot ($215 to $270 per square meter) on fitness equipment before opening its doors to the public for the first time.

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