Safety

The Safety Committee deals with the all-important matter of safety at fairgrounds and represents the Guild in its discussions with the Government's Health and Safety Executive.

The Guild places a very high value on the maintenance of proper safety precautions and played a large part in the drafting of the Code of Safe Practice at Fairs, published by the Health and Safety Executive in 1984. This is the most comprehensive safety manual for the industry ever produced. Since its introduction, the Executive has published the first titles in a projected series of safety manuals covering individual types of fairground rides, again with the active co-operation of the Guild.

The Guild requires all members owning rides to submit their equipment each year for thorough examination.

This annual inspection scheme is carried out by firms of independent engineers.

The scope of the inspection is comprehensive and can involve, in the case of certain components, non-destructive testing. If the examination proves satisfactory, the inspecting engineer issues a pass certificate of inspection. Should the ride fail the test, the engineer issues a 'Stop' order with immediate effect.

This bans the operation of the ride until it can pass a further inspection.