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Sealed Inflatables: Safe Supply, Inspection and Operation

This guidance from the HSE sets out advice on what is required to ensure the safe supply, operation and inspection of sealed air inflatables used by the public for leisure and entertainment.

Typical devices include:

  • Trampolines.

  • Mobile base units for water walkers or battery boats.

  • Crash barriers for battery-operated bumper car devices or go-karts.

  • Floating static platforms.

  • Climbing and jumping frames.

Sealed inflatables can place users and operators at risk of serious harm in circumstances such as the uncontrolled or explosive release of pressurised air or losing the device in high winds, says the guidance.

Legal requirements

The legal responsibilities to make sure that sealed inflatables are correctly designed, maintained and operated safely are set out in section 3 and section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) and require, as far as reasonably practicable, that:

  • The article is designed and constructed in such a way that it will be safe and pose no risks to health whenever it is being used for, or in connection with, the entertainment of members of the public.

  • People who are not employed but may be affected are not exposed to risks to their health or safety.

  • The equipment is maintained in a safe condition at all times and that it is tested and examined as often as necessary to maintain that safe condition.

The guidance goes on to cover the following:

  • Roles involved in keeping sealed inflatables safe.

  • Essential documentation.

  • An inspection body’s responsibilities.

  • The controller’s responsibilities.

  • The operator’s responsibilities.

It is available


HSE March 2021


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