Regulations & Standards
European Amusement Ride Safety Information
- European Amusement Ride Safety Information
North America Amusement Ride Safety Infomation
- Safety is the Amusement Park Industry's Number 1 Priority
- Amusement park standards are set by the ASTM International, F-24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices
- ASTM F-24 is comprised of consumer advocates, government officials, amusement park operators, ride manufacturers, and industry suppliers.
- The committee establishes standards on design and manufacture, testing, operation, maintenance, inspection, quality assurance, and more.
- These standards undergo frequent review and revision to keep up with new technologies, and have been adopted by many governmental jurisdictions.
- Amusement parks are subject to state and local governmental codes, requirements, and safety inspections, and must pass rigorous inspections by insurance companies.
- If regulations in specific states need to be augmented, IAAPA encourages such action and recommend using the detailed ASTM International ride safety standards as the basis of any regulations.
- Amusement park staff follow detailed manufacturer guidelines for inspection and safety, and many parks use outside specialty companies to periodically re-inspect rides. These inspections take place on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
- ASTM International standards require fixed-site amusement industry operators and manufacturers report both incidents and ride-related defects, including notification of facilities when a ride develops a manufacturer-related safety issue.
- States are Best Equipped to Regulate the Amusement Park Industry
- Currently 44 of 50 states regulate amusement parks. The six without state oversight are Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. These states contain few, if any amusement parks.
- Then-Congressman Ed Markey convened a panel of leading doctors, biodynamic consultants, medical experts, and ride safety specialists to study the amusement park industry's safety record.The panel concluded it is unlikely that a federal agency could match the effectiveness of the current system.
- Relevant data consistently shows only a small percentage of incidents that do occur are caused by factors subject to governmental ride operations oversight, namely either staff or mechanical error.
- In 1981 the United States Congress examined the CPSC's authority to regulate fixed-site amusement rides
- Like several court cases prior to that time, Congress determined that fixed-site amusement rides could not be considered household products, are not within the consumer’s control, and are constantly maintained by a team of experts.
- Congress concluded that the facility buys the product and the consumer buys the associated experience.
- The CPSC acknowledged any effort to expand the agency’s jurisdiction to include fixed-site amusement rides requires increasing the agency's staff and budget.
- Amusement parks continue to report incidents to state and local governments and partner with government officials and inspectors to ensure the safety of their guests.
- Fundamental safety measures have been in place in the industry for decades
- In addition to a thorough set of internal mechanical, electrical, design, and operational safety checks and standards, fixed-site amusement rides are subject to one or more layers of independent examination: state and local government, insurance companies, and private safety firms.