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Fairgrounds and amusement parks: guidance on safe practice HSG175 (2nd Edition)

ISBN 978-0-7176-6249-4
The Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks Joint Advisory Committee (FJAC) has worked for over 25 years to continually improve standards and the exchange of information. Fairgrounds and amusement parks have been shown to be relatively safe compared to such activities as driving a car or riding a bicycle, but there have been a small number of serious accidents involving the general public and employees.
(free electronic copy from HSE)


Fairground and Amusement Park machinery and structures -Safety

BS EN 13814:2004

European Standard
ISBN 0 580 45468 1
This Standard specifies the minimum requirements necessary to ensure the safe design, calculation, manufacture, installation, maintenance, operation, examination and testing of the following: mobile, temporary or permanently installed machinery and structures e. g. roundabouts, swings, boats, ferris wheels, roller coasters, chutes, grandstands, membrane or textile structures, booths, stages, side shows, and structures for artistic aerial displays.
The above items are hereafter called amusement devices, which are intended to be installed both repeatedly without degradation or loss of integrity, and temporarily or permanently in fairgrounds and amusement parks or any other locations. Fixed grandstands, construction site installations, scaffolding, removable agricultural structures and simple coin operated children’s amusement devices, carrying not more than two children, are not covered by this standard.



Safety of Amusement Devices: Design

ISBN 0-9546161-0-3

This guidance sets out what the joint advisory committee on fairgrounds and amusement parks considers are appropriate measures for those involved in design, and others in the industry, to work safely and comply with the law.

Issued by the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC) this guidance been developed in partnership with the UK Health and Safety Executive. It is endorsed by them and the industry associations represented on the council

(free electronic copy from ADIPS)



Safety of Amusement Devices: In Service Annual Inspection

ADIPS In Service Annual Inspection

This guidance sets out the measures considered by the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC) to be appropriate for designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and controllers of amusement devices in preparation for and during third party inspections and inspection bodies carrying out third party inspections. The guidance relates to the in-service annual inspection of amusement devices in Great Britain.

(free electronic copy from ADIPS)



Safety of Amusement Devices:
Non-Destructive Testing

(free electronic copy from ADIPS)


Entertainment Sheet No 8

This information sheet outlines the scheme, introduced by the industry with HSE support, for the inspection of amusement devices. It has been agreed by the Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks Joint Advisory Committee (JAC). You should read this information sheet in conjunction with HSG175 Fairgrounds and amusement parks: Guidance on safe practice.


Entertainment Sheet No5

This information sheet introduces the contents of the new guidance agreed with the fairgrounds and amusement parks industry through the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) on fairgrounds and amusement parks. This new guidance has been published by HSE and is entitled Fairgrounds and amusement parks: guidance on safe practice HSG175,. It revises and replaces the previous guidance Fairgrounds and amusement parks: a code of safe practice HSG81, the technical annex, the log book and the record of daily inspections of passenger devices.


Fairground and amusement park machinery and structures

BS EN 13814:2004

ISBN  0 580 45468 1


Inflatable Play Equipment - Safety Requirements and Test Methods
BS EN 14960:2013
Inflatable play equipment. Safety requirements and test methods


The European Standards for Playground Equipment:

EN 1176 and EN 1177


An Essential Guide to BS EN 1176 and BS EN 1177 (Linked from Wicksteed Leisure website)


ADIPS Declaration of Operational Compliance (DOC) Procedures

Guidance Note: GN7: 12 2011

Reports of In-Service Annual Inspection

Guidance Note   GN6: 10 2011

ADIPS/ADSC Requirements for Registration of Inspection Bodies

Guidance Note: GN5: 04 2011

Electrical Reports of In-Service Annual Inspection : Requirements for completion and Confirmation of satisfactory reports

Guidance Note: GN3 04:2010

In-Service Annual Inspection: Role of NDT
and Mechanical/Structural Inspection

Guidance Note GN4 06:2010

Requirements for the provision and use of schedules for non destructive testing


Guidance Note. GN 2: 09.2006

The Amusement Device Inspection
Procedures Scheme:

Guidance Note: GN 1:09.2006

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Australian Standards


Amusement rides and devices - In-service inspection AS 3533.3-2003

This Standard specifies the basis for in-service inspection of amusement rides and devices. The activities of all those involved in the operational (day-to-day) inspection and checking of the ride or device, the regular inspections related to preventative maintenance and the periodic inspection of the equipment, along with the documentation thereof, are specified.


Amusement rides and devices - Operation and maintenance AS 3533.2-1997

This Standard specifies requirements for the operation, maintenance, inspection and fire safety measures for fixed and portable amusement rides and devices, excluding miniature trains and railway systems owned and operated by model railway societies, clubs or associations, or those covered by public transport legislation.


Amusement rides and devices - Specific requirements - Land-borne inflatable devices AS 3533.4.1-2005

This Standard sets out requirements and guidance for the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of land-borne inflatable amusement devices that are static when in use. It also specifies information to be supplied with the equipment.


Amusement rides and devices - Specific requirements - Roller coasters AS 3533.4.3-2007

This Standard sets out requirements and guidance for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of roller coasters.




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