Revised guidance on safe practice - HSG175 - launched

Hamburg, (PresseBox) - This year’s Leisure Industry Week (LIW) exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham saw the official launch of the revised Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks: Guidance on safe practice HSG 175.

In a packed seminar room the Health and Safety Executive’s Barry Baker, Principal Inspector of Health & Safety, Entertainment and Leisure Sector and Consumer Services Sector, provided delegates with an overview of the revised publication, which replaces the previous Code of Safe Practice. He highlighted several key aspects of it, stressing the importance of the new version of HSG 175 and why the revisions had been necessary.

Additionally, ADIPS director and company secretary Richard Barnes provided a presentation at the launch, detailing some of the more significant elements of the guidance and areas the industry should pay particular attention to.

As many within the industry will already be aware, the Health and Safety Executive has worked closely with the Fairgrounds and Amusement parks Joint Advisory Committee (FJAC) to improve safety standards and to produce the revised guide. The publication incorporates improvements made over several years in the industry’s practices and deals with the safety of employers, employees and the general public using fairgrounds and amusement parks.

Additionally, it provides advice on controlling risks, site layout and safe systems of work, while also providing information and guidance on fairground ride design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance and inspection.

Commenting on the new guidance, Barry Baker said: "I am very pleased that HSE and the fairground and amusement park trade associations have worked together to revise the guidance book HSG 175 (Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks: Guidance on safe practice). The new edition builds on improvements in industry practices over several years and provides information that will be of use to designers, manufacturers, organisers, controllers and attendants, and the inspection bodies who examine the rides.

"While no accident at a fairground should be considered acceptable, the safety record of the industry is good and has improved significantly since 2000, with a fall in reported major accidents from over 600 in 2001 to under 300 in 2006. Sadly, there are still occasional serious and sometimes fatal accidents, but I believe that the continued development of the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS), along with the use of the new guidance, will allow the industry to manage health and safety, promote public confidence and continue to drive down accident figures."

The new guidance has been published by HSE and is entitled Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks: Guidance on safe practice HSG175, ISBN 0 7176 1174 4. It is also available from those trade associations making up the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC).

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