New requirements for Land-Borne Inflatables

Following on from recent high-profile accidents involving inflatables, and repeated calls from engineering experts for more regulation in this area, Worksafe have just released a technical bulletin explaining their expectations. It’s fair to say that these expectations are considerably more rigorous than the current industry practice.

The technical bulletin will have implications for operators of inflatable slides, bouncy castles, inflatable “parks”, and any other land-borne inflatables (LBIs). Specifically, the technical bulletin requires operators to:

  • Ensure that LBIs comply with Australian Standard 3533.4.1 – 2005 Land-Borne Inflatable Devices.
  • Undertake hazard and risk assessments: identifying site specific hazards and other hazards.
  • Ensure that all employees or persons operating the LBI are competent to operate the device.
  • Ensure that an operations manual is available for the LBI.

All operators are expected to be able to produce on request evidence to show that their inflatable device(s) meet the standard. Labels on devices asserting compliance without substantiating documentary evidence are unlikely to acceptable. It is likely that any LBI that does not have documentation confirming compliance with AS 3533.4.1 will be issued with a prohibition notice if a visit is made by Worksafe inspectors.

This technical bulletin will also have implications for Event Organisers, with specific requirements that only operators who can provide evidence to event organisers that land-borne inflatable amusement devices meet the requirements of Australian Standard 3533.4.1 should be allowed to operate.

BVT is able to help Operators and Event Organisers come to terms with these new requirements by offering the following services:

  • Certification of LBIs (bouncy castles, inflatable slides, etc) to AS 3533.4.1
  • Hazard and Risk Assessments, including site-specific plans
  • Development of operations manuals and Safe Work Method Statements / Standard Operating Procedures

We are also able to advise on the technicalities of these new requirements. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call to discuss.

You can access the bulletin from the Worksafe New Zealand website by clicking here

 team member
Matt Bishop

BE (Hons), CMEngNZ, CPEng, HVSC
Managing Director

m +64 21 661 748
e matt.bishop@bvt.co.nz