ADIPS followed the publication of the first edition of HSG 175 in 1997 to maintain a register of Inspection Bodies performing inspection services in the fairground and amusement park industry. This register was maintained by NAFLIC. Following the Roberts review of fairground safety, commissioned by the HSC in 2001, NAFLIC set-up the ADIPS DOC bureau on behalf of the industry Trade Associations to monitor the Declarations of Operational Compliance (DOC’s) being issued by Registered Inspection Bodies.
In 2003 ADIPS Ltd., a ‘not for profit’ company, was incorporated to manage the day to day operation of the scheme on behalf of the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC).
Although a relatively new organisation, ADIPS roots lie in the early 1970’s when, following the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act, which brought fairgrounds under Health and Safety Law for the first time, the Fairgrounds Joint Advisory Committee (FJAC) was set-up by the industry and HSE. The FJAC worked with the HSE on the1984 ‘Code of Practice at Fairs’, which, amongst other things, introduced the concept of ‘design verification’ for all new rides and the requirement for the use of independent ride inspectors, by agreement with the industry trade associations.
FJAC continued to develop industry guidance with a 1992 revision of the Code (HSG 81), prior to the first edition of HSG 175.
Although this group still meets annually, the Amusement Device Safety Council has become the focal point for safety-related matters, as the industry benefits from a high level active involvement and support from associations covering the vast majority of the industry.
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