A guidance document for trampoline park operators has been published by the BSI. The guidance specifies requirements for the construction of indoor trampoline parks that are made up of interconnected trampolines being used for non-competitive leisure activities.
The guidance is aimed for trampoline park operators, designers, manufacturers and installers and also for safety inspections and enforcement bodies such as the Health & Safety Executive, Environmental Health Officers, RoSPA and other third party auditors
Trampoline parks are an expanding industry in the UK but are well established in the US and Far East. By Easter 2017, the International Association of Trampoline Parks UK estimates there will be 150 parks in operation across the UK, with at least 15million visitors per year.
It would be fair to say their appearance in the UK has generated some consternation amongst local authority health and safety regulators as injuries to park users appear to feature prominently. It was reported by BBC 5 live's Daily Programme show that ambulances were called to trampoline parks in the UK more than 300 times in a year. Therefore, this guidance is very much welcomed by the industry.
The guidance document was been created by the trampoline industry under the auspices of the BSI along with contributions from environmental health officers to help minimise the risk to park users. The guidance can be found here.