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Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks:

Guidance on Safe Practice HSG 175

(free copy from HSE)


HSG 175

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. Risks can never be eliminated from any aspect of life but need to be managed effectively. This new edition of Fairgrounds and amusement parks: Guidance on safe practice HSG175, first published in 1997 was recommended in the health and safety commission (HSC) review of fairground safety (2001) and incorporates improvements over several years in this industry’s practices.

This document concentrates on the safety of employers, employees and the general public using fairgrounds and amusement parks, and gives advice on measures to control risks. It provides duty holders with advice on issues relating to attractions, including operation, maintenance, repairs, and modifications. It also includes advice on site layout and safe systems of work. There is a glossary at the end of the book which explains the terms used.

ISBN 978-0-7176-6249-4

The above text is referenced from the guidance on safe practice HSG 175  Further information on how to obtain a copy or further information can be located at either:  or

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