WorkSafe, a division of the Department of Commence is initiating a project on occupational safety and health in the Inflatable Waterslide amusement industry. The project will be conducted in the 2015/16 financial year.  

The project is designed to assist employers in this industry meet their occupational safety and health (OSH) duties by providing information and ensuring Employers understand their obligations under OSH legislation.

The attached WorkSafe publication "Inflatable Water Slides" contains much of the required information for Pool Operators who have Inflatable Water Slides and devices on site. There is now a requirement that structures within the scope of Australian Standard AS 3533 other than Class 1 devices be registered with WorkSafe. The issue for Pool Operators is that the typical pool inflatable used in our pools cannot be classified en masse to determine its Class and if in fact it needs to be registered with WorkSafe.

LIWA Aquatics understanding of the matter is that each installation is site specific and will need to be assessed by a Competent Person as per page three of the attached OSH Newsletter.  It is likely after discussions with WorkSafe that all Pool Inflatables will need to be registered as they will be classified as above Class 1. WorkSafe has provide two names to LIWA Aquatics of individuals who may be able to assist your organisation in the determination of the Class inflatable you have and if it does in fact need to be registered with WorkSafe.

All operators of inflatables need to be well aware of the requirements of AS 3533 but need to also focus on these three key areas:

  • Blowers must be fixed and secured
  • Blowers must be protected by an RCD
  • Blowers must be guarded from the public
  • Blowers must have a prohibition notice to warn public from touching them

Click on this link for the newsletter and information.

Click on this link for list of competent persons provided by WorkSafe


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