Health and Safety
Here at Tear-Away Leisure Ltd, health and safety is of the upmost importance.
Every single unit and piece of equipment that leaves our unit conforms to British Standard BS EN 14960. Each and every unit is rigourously tested with every aspect checked and each new unit comes with a Initial test as standard.
Every unit comes with a log book which includes operating instructions and design specifications, providing you with everything you will need.
The HSE for BS EN 14960 states:
Before any inflatable if used, it is vital to carry out safety checks.
Any operator must ensure:
- When using the inflatable outside, that all anchor points are used with appropriate metal ground anchor stakes. Each stake should be at least 380mm long and 16mm wide and have a rounded top. All anchor points on the inflatable should be fitted with a welded metal 'O' or 'D' ring.
- All inflatables must have 6 anchor points. Refer to the operating manual to check how many your inflatable should have.
- If you cannot secure the ground stakes into the ground because of the surface e.g. tarmac, then a weight of 163kg must be applied to each anchor point and the inflatable secured close to the ground.
- Refer to the operating manual for advice for indoor hires and anchor points.
- No inflatable should be used above 24mph, which is force 5 on the Beaufort scale (when small leaves on a tree begin to sway).
- An anemometer must be used to check the wind speed and on unmanned hires, an anemometer must be left with the customer to allow them to check the wind speed at regular intervals throughout the period of the hire.
- Before each hire, a risk assessment should be completed and a customer disclaimer signed. This is a good method to ensure that all points are run through and comprehensive health and safety checks are carried out before each hire.
- You must check for rips and tears before each hire.
- Check all accessories, leads, blowers, mats etc.
All commercial hirers should obtain full insurance for each inflatable that they hire out. Many insurers specify an inflatable is PIPA tested before insurance can be issued. It is also becoming more common place for insurers to specify that bouncy castle operators have attended and completed a RPII operators course.
Most, if not all local authorities and other professional bodies now specify a full PIPA test and certificate for any of their events.
To check the status of any PIPA tagged castle, please visit www.PIPA.org.uk
For any unit that does not fall under PIPA jurisdiction, an in house RPII test can will be completed. A PIPA test and RPII test lasts for one year.
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