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.

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

The 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.


The Central Council’s powers have been delegated to three main committees;  

Management, Appeals and Safety. 

The Management Committee is responsible for the financial affairs of the Guild; making recommendations on matters to be brought before the Central Council; and for considering any matter that might affect the Guild or its members.

The Appeals Committee forms part of a process which is fundamental to the constitution of the Guild. Should any member
feel that either his, or the Guild’s interests have been infringed by another member or section, he can invoke the Guild’s rules.
His complaint is brought before the appropriate section committee, who, having heard all evidence, have the power to adjudicate and impose penalties.

All decisions of the section committee are subject to the review of the Appeals Committee if one of the parties to the complaint is dissatisfied. Should the judgement of the Appeals Committee be unacceptable, the objector has the right to refer the case to an Appeals Tribunal. Consisting of a barrister and two past presidents of the Guild, this is the final court of appeal within the Guild.

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