ADIPS

Location Sunderland, United Kingdom
Frequency Annual
Age 15 (1997/2003)
Seasonal No
Fixture Permanent
Rate of Change 10 Years
Physical Scale Extra Large
Experiential Scale Extra Large
Geographical Scale National

The Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) involves a series of pre-use and in-service inspections, and applies to all fairground rides, amusement devices and inflatable devices.

“The Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) ensures that amusement devices are checked for safety before they are first used and on the periodic basis required to assess their ability to operate safely throughout their working life.

“ADIPS followed the publication of the first edition of HSG 175 in 1997 to maintain a register of Inspection Bodies performing inspection services in the fairground and amusement park industry. This register was maintained by the National Association for Leisure Industry Certification (NAFLIC). Following the Roberts Review of Fairground Safety, commissioned by the HSC in 2001, NAFLIC set-up the ‘ADIPS DOC bureau’ on behalf of the industry Trade Associations to monitor the Declarations of Operational Compliance (DOCs) being issued by Registered Inspection Bodies. In 2003 ADIPS Ltd., a ‘not for profit’ company, was incorporated to manage the day to day operation of the scheme on behalf of the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC). Although a relatively new organisation, ADIPS roots lie in the early 1970s when fairground safety was brought under health and safety law for the first time with the introduction of the HSW Act 1974. Following this a Fairgrounds Joint Advisory Committee (FJAC) was set up by the industry and the HSE.

“ADIPS involves a series of pre-use and in-service inspections, and applies to all fairground rides and amusement devices. ADIPS is managed by the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC), which comprises all major industry trade associations, and is supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“Pre-use inspection

“These should be carried out before an amusement device is used for the first time, or after any safety-critical modification to an existing amusement device. These are: Design ReviewAssessment of a design prepared for a device to check whether a designer has adequately addressed all safety issues that may affect the safety of a device throughout its operational life.

“Assessment of Conformity to DesignCheck that the safety-critical aspects of a manufactured device conform to the reviewed design.

“Initial Test—Check that the safety-critical aspects of a device function as intended.

“In-service annual inspection

“This should be carried out at least once every 12 months. Its purpose is to verify that the device is fit to be used for a specified period.”

—Text taken from ADIPS website (www.adips.co.uk) and ‘About Us’ pamphlet