Law for inflatable operators.
When a company, organisation or individual makes available any equipment in return for payment they become subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
This act places a duty of care on everyone involved in the transaction. This means that the operator, the operator's employees, the hirer, the hirers employees and the owner or manager of the premises should do everything possible to ensure the safe use of the equipment.
In addition there is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) . This requires that all work equipment, and that includes inflatable play, must be tested by a competent person regularly. Usually once a year.
The PIPA scheme is am inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry to ensure that inflatable equipment conforms to the recognized safety standards.
It is coordinated by the Performance Textiles Association. The UK's only trade association dedicated to marquees, tents, structures, whose members include manufacturers and operators of inflatable development.
Tagging and testing of bouncy castles and other inflatable play equipment.
All inflatable play equipment that falls within the scope of the PIPA scheme should be tagged and entered onto the database.
PIPA tag means the equipment is :
** Designed to a recognized standard based on safety
** Tested by nationally qualified inspectors
** Approved for commercial use
The PIPA scheme delivers :
** Improved safety for users
** HSE recognized best practice
** Quality assurance
** Certified Initial report
** Certified annual inspecting
PIPA has the support of :
** Industry associations
** Health and safety Executive
** Local Authorities, event organizers and national businesses.
Using equipment with a current PIPA report means you can be sure the equipment adheres to the highest safety standards.