ADSC/HSE and ADIPS

Summary

From the last twelve months of intense and detailed investigation, research, conversations, but most importantly – engaging with and listening to members old and new, as well as the wider Showmen community- what has come to the fore is that we are a wide and diverse community that identify as independent travelling showmen. As such, this community looks to the associations for support, information and advice to help and sustain 'being in the business of a travelling showman'.

Terms of Reference of the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC)

1.1. These are the Terms of Reference of the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC), which is an unincorporated association whose primary concern is ensuring the safe use of amusement rides and devices and the safety of the public and those who work within the industry. Its Membership comprises of major organisations within the industry. The current ADSC Executive Committee Members are BACTA, BALPPA, SGGB, SIRPS, ACES and the AIS. The number and identity of such Executive Members may vary from time to time in accordance with such Rules or regulations of adopted or promulgated by the ADSC or other relevant and applicable provisions as may apply from time to time. The standing committees can also include representatives from ADIS and ALES.
1.2. ADSC’s management and enforcement in connection with ADIPS is carried out through the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme Ltd. (ADIPS Ltd.), a company limited by guarantee. ADIPS Ltd. operates under the direction and control of the ADSC.

Objectives of the ADSC

  • To promote the safe use of amusement rides and devices to ensure the safety of the public and those working in the industry through the encouragement, education and support of all those involved with the ownership, operation, inspection or testing of amusement rides and devices to ensure compliance with HSG175
  • To develop policies, rules and procedures (as the case may be) relating to the inspection of amusement devices via the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS). ADIPS is a scheme managed and run on a day to day basis by ADIPS Ltd.
  • To provide governance of the ADIPS. To determine policy of safety and encourage, promote and develop safe practice within the fairground and amusement park industry throughout the UK.
  • To ensure that appropriate guidance and training is provided for those involved in the industry, their inspectors or any other person in the fairground and amusement park industry, as and when required.
  • To create standing and sub committees as required to progress the objectives of the ADSC.
  • To create and develop policies relating to Controllers and Operators.

ADSC– The Association of Independent Showmen's input

As we are all aware, the fact that the majority of members and the wider Showman community have to face the ongoing situation of getting tested means that this is an ever recurring 'hot topic' of conversation. And it is here that the rumours and gossip start to really kick in, with so many stories of people not getting tested, having to pay astronomical amounts and many more problems.
Having looked and discussed this with many, many Showmen the AIS took the decision to dig a little deeper to try and understand why there are so many never ending issues. This has ultimately brought us to this which is shown below, and the question highlighted in green. Is ADIPS an authorisation scheme?

Therefore the first distinction and clarification with regards to how Fairground equipment is tested is NOT the decision of the Industry itself, BUT it is how the Industry can attain approval of the HSE with regards to compliance within the law. In other words, it is HSE that sets the standards, NOT the Industry; nor ADIPS.

Achieving clarification

The second distinction and clarification is that ADIPS is NOT a test. ADIPS is a monitoring system of Fairground equipment safety. Yes, the monitoring system covers the inspection bodies who test the safety of the rides, but it also covers the collation of this safety documentation, both in a year on year context, and also in a historical context of the equipment tested – a digital 'maturity' of design feature for each individual piece of equipment registered. This is based on the risk based approach that is commonly referred to as ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practical). In other words this is the documentary evidence provided through ADIPS – their first USP (Unique Selling Point) - that the person who tested your equipment is 'competent'. In other words, you've made the right choice to ensure that the person testing your equipment is competent – i.e. has the approval of HSE.

Taking a moment to pause and reflect

From the last twelve months of intense and detailed investigation, research, conversations, but most importantly – engaging with and listening to members old and new, as well as the wider Showmen community- what has come to the fore is that we are a wide and diverse community that identify as independent travelling showmen. As such, this community looks to the associations for support, information and advice to help and sustain 'being in the business of a travelling showman'.

This is the primary objective of the association, but not the only one.

The second objective of this association is looking to safeguarding and protecting the 'cultural way of life' of travelling showmen, so that this way of life can continue for your children and grandchildren. What has been difficult to get across is that through changing the status of the organisation of the AIS in 2014 we are duty bound to follow the rule of law with not only how we operate, but also in how we communicate and in how we make decisions.