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Where Can You Get Your Inflatables Inspected?

Posted on: September 15, 2011

A key part of owning and running a successful bouncy castle hire company is to have your equipment examined regularly to ensure it is safe for use by members of the public. It is important to realise however that simply glancing over the seams and kicking the corners does not constitute a full inspection. Ultimately if you have your inflatables inspected and certified you can then promote this to your customers, helping to reassure them that your operation is legitimate and also trustworthy, but where do you get your equipment inspected?

According to a recent post from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) currently supports just two inspection schemes, PIPA (Inflatable Play Inspection) and ADIPS (Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme), both are voluntary schemes which are ran by members of the industry. As long as you have your equipment examined by an inspector from either of these schemes the HSE are happy that you have made sufficient provision to comply with your duties laid out in Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The reason the HSE is happy to support these two schemes is that they inspect bouncy castles and other inflatable play equipment from a wholly independent and subsequently objective position. The HSE also approves their usage because the examiners of both schemes are registered and only achieve accreditation once they have demonstrated competence and evidenced their eligibility to carry out such examinations. The HSE post also made special note of PIPA who insist that their examiners are verified by the Register of Play Inspectors International.

Ultimately the HSE supports the work of bodies which are focussed upon improving safety by reducing the associated risks. The reason that these two schemes have been singled out is that they maintain and improve the high inspection standards already prevalent in the inflatable play industry and promoting others would purely cause confusion and could actually lead to a reduction in safety.

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