PIPA - Testing and Tagging for Inflatable Play Equipment
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a statement (15 July 2020) to confirm its position on no extension of inspection dates for the inflatable play industry. The full statement can be read here.
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PIPA is an inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry to ensure that inflatable play equipment conforms to recognised safety standards.
The scheme is supported by the HSE who were consulted at every stage of its development. The other HSE supported scheme is the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS). To see the HSE’s guidance on inflatables, click here.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require that all work equipment, including inflatable play, must be tested suitable intervals (usually once a year).
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) and subsequent regulations require all inflatable play equipment “that is designed to be used by a member of the public for entertainment purposes either as a slide or for bouncing upon” to be tested by a competent person.
BS EN 14960 is the only standard for design, manufacture and testing of inflatable play equipment. Following the standard is regarded as “best practice” and would usually be sufficient to demonstrate compliance with HASAWA. The published standard is subject to copyright so cannot be made available from this website. It can be purchased here.
PIPA only covers inflatable play equipment within the scope of BS EN 14960. To find out more, click here.
Operators using other testing schemes or methods may be required to demonstrate how such procedures equal or better the accepted “best practice”. Testers with no formal qualifications, however well experienced, would probably not be able to satisfy a court of their competence.
The PIPA scheme delivers improved safety for users, quality assurance and certified initial and annual testing.