The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998) provide the main legislation for the industry and the services ADIPS Inspection Bodies provide.
The former defines, in broad terms, the duty of care and responsibilities of the various duty holders involved with an amusement device. The latter expands on the general duties and requires that all work equipment, which includes amusement devices, are inspected by a competent person to ensure they remain safe for use.
Following the guidance in HSG 175: Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks – Guidance on Safe Practice, and the use of ADIPS Inspection Bodies, provides a framework for those involved in the industry to reduce risks, work safely and comply with the law.
Duty holders are free to meet their legal obligations in other ways, but they need to be prepared to show how such procedures equal or better the accepted best practice.
There are two other schemes supported by the HSE. These are PIPA, recognised as appropriate for the inspection and certification of inflatable amusement devices and BACTA, recognised as appropriate for the inspection of coin-operated devices.
The ADSC works with the HSE on the publication of guidance and technical standards for the industry. Further information on the HSE, including guidance and advice documents, can be obtained from their website. Click here