Guest safety is a top priority for the International Association
of Trampoline Parks (IATP), and in March 2017 IATP members were part of a BSI
steering group that also included the Royal Society of Protection of Accidents
(RoSPA), British Gymnastics, Environmental Health Officers, constructors,
insurers and the Health and Safety Executive to create and introduce the BSI
PAS 5000. This voluntary standard was developed for the trampoline park
industry to help identify the risks in a trampoline park and ensure that duty
holders can provide as safe and enjoyable experience as possible.
“In the UK trampoline parks have welcomed between 15 and 20
million visitors and although it impossible to completely remove the risks to
customers, the IATP is committed to drive up safety standards across the UK. In the UK the IATP is encouraging
all parks, Local Authorities and interested bodies to engage with the standards
within PAS 5000. Where parks choose not to comply with the standards we would
support enforcement action from the appropriate bodies to help avoid
unnecessary injury to users.” Stated IATP UK Chair, Peter Brown.
Further Brown stated, “Our members have made a
commitment to raising standards in line with PAS 5000 and from 1st
September 2018 UK members will be required to demonstrate compliance through an
independent inspection. We encourage all park goers to look for the IATP badge
on park websites and on the door.”
The IATP is asking customers to be
vigilant at trampoline parks, highlighting the following things that guests
should look out for when choosing a trampoline park to visit:
acknowledgement and disclaimer.
1:20 jumpers per
must be staffed.
Is the area where
you get on and off the trampolines soft under foot?
Are the staff
engaged in the activity of looking out for safety concerns?
Is the park clean
and well maintained?
Is the park well
Are there any
jumps over 6ft high into foam pits or Air Bags?
Founded in 2012, the IATP is dedicated to serving the interests of
its membership and educating the trampoline park industry by promoting
optimally safe operations, facilitating commercial success and stimulating
growth of the trampoline park industry. The IATP is the trampoline park
industry’s most ardent safety and injury prevention advocate. We closely monitor sports medicine, fitness
and injury reporting and use it in a deliberate approach to the development of
consensus safety standards for our members and for our industry. We encourage
and support more investigation into strategies to prevent injuries at
Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP), on Wednesday 7 March, 2018. For more information subscribe and follow http://www.pressat.co.uk/