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ADIPS holds inaugural Inspection Body conference

THE Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) held its inaugural conference for registered inspectors and other interested parties in December at the UK’s Drayton Manor Theme Park.

The event began with a welcome and introduction from ADIPS general

manager Luke Ditchburn who outlined the purpose of the conference and the programme for the day, which began with a presentation from ADIPS compliance officer Andrew Potter. Supporting the work of Inspection Bodies (IBs), the ADIPS compliance

initiative plays a key role in raising industry standards and the session unveiled the findings of the quality file review, the requirements for 2010 registration and presented new guidance available to IBs. The quality file review had revealed a need for clarification in various

areas of inspection procedure in addition to a number of recommendations. It also highlighted some of the problems being experienced by smaller IBs and sole traders in providing all the information they are required to as part of their ADIPS registration and outlined some specific areas which needed improvement. The presentation continued by reminding inspectors of their registration requirements, detailing what these are and how to achieve a quality system in order to satisfy compliance. There followed a second session entitled HSE Update, with the Health and

Safety Executive’s (HSE) Cameron Adam, HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety, and Melvin Sandell, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, updating delegates on the industry as HSE sees it. A number of topics were covered, with Melvin Sandell explaining why HSE fully supported the ADIPS scheme and currently no other ride inspection scheme in the UK. He noted that the scheme had been a recommendation within the government led Roberts Report into fairground and amusement park ride safety and that it had played a major part in reducing the number of accidents on parks and travelling fairs since its inception. All the UK trade associations supported the scheme, which was where its strength came from, and it was a condition of membership of these organisations that members’ rides were certified under ADIPS.

He noted that the inspectors within ADIPS were fundamental to its success

and that they must continue to work diligently and competently to ensure this continued. He went on to outline the make up and activities of the HSE’s National

Fairground Inspection Team (NFIT) and its regulatory work, and provided accident statistics within the industry since 2001, showing the dramatic reduction that had taken place. He discussed several incidents involving specific ride types before outlining the areas of inspection and operation NFIT would be particularly looking at during 2010/11, as well as what may happen in the future as far as legislation was concerned and what ADIPS should be aiming to achieve. Luke Ditchburn then provided a presentation on the ADIPS On-Line project,

which will see the development of internet based services provided by ADIPS to develop processes and services for the benefit of all stakeholders. He explained the current and proposed infrastructure of the ADIPS website and its functionality as it relates to inspection bodies, trade associations, the ADIPS office, the public website and the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC), the policy setting body for the scheme. In conclusion, he outlined some of the future developments being considered

as part of the project. There then followed a presentation on Annual In-Service Inspection by

Andrew Potter and ADIPS company secretary Richard Barnes, which provided an overview of the administrative aspects of annual In-Service inspection and highlighted particular areas and issues. The session also saw Richard Barnes discuss the subject of defect notification

in light of the launch in 2010 of an alternative to the Urgent Defect Report (UDR) system. The session updated attendees on the system and how it will enhance standards of safety within the industry. This ended the day’s main presentations, a feedback and Q. & A. session

bringing the conference to a close. “The day was a success and I believe we managed to relay many of the

key developments, messages and challenges impacting on fairground and amusement park safety,” said Luke Ditchburn. “What really matters is that the day was of value to those present and it was particularly pleasing to learn that feedback showed all attendees would like to see similar events in the future.”

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