Health & Safety

Introduction: This quick guide explains what you should and should not be doing in the eyes of the law to keep both yourself and your customers protected. The inflatable world is governed by only a few essential pieces of legislation covering both us (The bouncy castle manufacture) and you (The operator of the equipment) but the confusion among various companies is astounding and often clouded by organisations offering different services. The details below will explain the difference between our two rolls and what we do to ensure maximum safety at all time.

The bouncy castle manufacturers & The Law: The regulations surrounding the manufacture of bouncy castles was Un-regulated until 2006 where then the Brittish Standards introduced BS1490, This has now been replaced by its European equivalent EN14960. This document ensures that inflatables are designed and manufactured with maximum safety in mind. You would not believe the thought that goes into ensuring the modern day bouncy castle is safe for use. It literally takes us thousands of hours a year to comply.

When purchasing an bouncy castle you should check that the manufacturer has ensured & can prove that the bouncy castles and inflatables they are selling comply with EN-14960. Anybody who is doing so will be happy to provide you with a certificate at the point of sale.

The bouncy castle Hire'r & The Law:When a Company, organisation or individual hires any equipment they become subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

This Act places a duty of care on everyone involved in the transaction. This means that the operator, the operator's employees, the hirer, the hirer's employees and the owner or manager of the premises where the equipment will be used should do everything possible to ensure its safe use at all times.

In addition Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) require that all work equipment and that includes inflatable play, must be tested by a "competent person" on a regular basis (usually once per year). Inspection by a "competent person" prior to first use and annually thereafter satisfies the provision that the equipment is suitable and safe for its intended use.

All inflatables manufactured by Betterbounce Direct have been tested prior to its sale and as such you are covered for the first 12 months.

After 12 months you should have your equipment tested by a competent person. I would suggest either bringing your inflatables back here to Betterbounce Direct or contact your local manufacturer/ repair person In order to make sure you are complying with the regulations above, you must ensure that your inflatables are taken to a competent person.

Betterbounce Direct have been manufacturing, repairing and selling inflatables for over 25 years and offer a comprehensive testing and repair service should you require it or have a look on the internet for someone more local.

In addition to the above, All electrical items that are hired out must also be PAT tested annually. For further information, Please CLICK HERE

The bouncy castle Hire'r & The best practice:Although the law only requires the above documents to be adhered to it is really good practice to ensure the following is undertaken. This will help prevent the industry from coming into disrepute and help raise standards across the industry. Just because its not the law, doesn't meant it shouldn't be done.

We recommend that all hire companies compile or obtain the following documents to help your event run smoothly. Remember. If you make a bouncy castle or inflatable manufacture purchase with Betterbounce Ltd you will receive FREE online access to these documents 24/7.

Public Liability Insurance Certificate: Although not a legal requirement, we strongly suggest that you do take out Public Liability Insurance against the hire of your products, especially with the claim culture society that we live in today. Betterbounce Direct bouncy castle sales recommends the following list of insurance companies who specialize in Bouncy castle & inflatable hire insurance.

Risk Assessments & the law (This is an extract direct from the HSE): 'As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.

If you have fewer than five employees you don't have to write anything down.A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork , but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.

You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.Think about how accidents and ill health could happen and concentrate on real risks – those that are most likely and which will cause the most harm.For some risks, other regulations require particular control measures. Your assessment can help you identify where you need to look at certain risks and these particular control measures in more detail.

These control measures do not have to be assessed separately but can be considered as part of, or an extension of, your overall risk assessment..

Please feel free to view, print or download the example risk assessments for your file by clicking on any of the documents below.

If you have any queries, Please feel free to contact us direct and we have many more risk assessment

Please note: The above risk assessments are only a selection of the most popular equipment we own.We also have a complete risk assessment for every piece of equipment we own, however it is just not practical to upload all 590 documents. Please email us direct for further assessments.

Method Statement:Although again not compulsory, It is strongly recommended that anyone organizing an event knows exactly how each and every contractor expects to carry out there activities on site. The method statements below have been created from years of on site experience and all attempts are made to carry out these erection procedures where possible.

These operations carried out here are again beyond what is required by law and will certainly make you stand head and shoulders above the competition. We strongly suggest encouraging your customers to take the time to read these documents in advance of the event and familiarise themselves with the way you operate to ensure your events run smoothly on the day.

Please feel free to view, print or download the method statements for your file by clicking on any of the documents below.

If you have any queries, Please feel free to contact us direct.

Method Statement - All Inflatables

Method Statement - All NON Inflatables (Including electrical)

Method Statement - All NON Inflatables (Excluding electrical)

And Finally: If either you or your customers are in doubt, Please feel free to contact us or direct your customers towards the guides below.

Safe Use of Inflatable's- Notes from the Health and Safety executive - A must read for all hire companies.

"Information Sheet 49" - Want more information: For many years the HSE did provide helpful information, however there information sheet was recently removed and has been informally replaced by National Association Of InfLatable Hirers document "Information Sheet 49" A copy of which has been approved for publication by The Grand Affairs Group and is available to read via the following link.

Remember that EN14960 only covers inflatables designed specifically for bouncing and sliding by children. Novelty inflatables, Simulator inflatables, Rodeo inflatables, Activity inflatables, Knockout Inflatables, adult inflatables & other inflatable items are not legislated for and as such we must use our own interpretation of what is and what isn't safe. We do use snippets from en14960 and En1177, along with our own judgement and issues a 12 month safety certificate based on our interpretations. Should you have any specific test requirements please consult with your ADIPS, RPII or PIPA inspector prior to ordering/ purchasing and we will be happy to accommodate your requirements. Alterations made after initial test will not be considered. Please CLICK HERE for full details:

Remember: All Betterbounce bouncy castle manufacture customers will receive as much help and advice as they could ever need along with a 50 page guide to bouncy castle hire, A sample risk assessment, method statement, Hire agreement and much much more.

We hope you have found this section of our website useful and wish you the best of luck weather you decide to make a purchase from Betterbounce Direct bouncy castle manufacturers or not.

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