The UK's inspection scheme for inflatable play equipment

Vision

Since 2019, PIPA has been a company limited by guarantee which means reserves must be reinvested into the development of the scheme and other sectors of the inflatable play industry. There are no shareholders, no paid directors and that’s exactly how it should be. To find out more click here.

The strategy and direction of PIPA is led by a group of industry-based volunteers known as the PIPA Leadership Group (PLG). The PLG, alongside the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), recognise that the scheme must continue to grow and develop to ensure high safety standards.

The current PLG members are as follows:

  • Mark John (Chair) - Manufacturer, Director of Airquee Ltd
  • Lee Scott – Manufacturer, Hirer, Comms & Events, Director of Betterbounce Ltd
  • Chris Keen – Manufacturer, Hirer, Inspector & Play Centre owner, Director of AAA Ltd
  • Peter Grand – Inspector & Industry Events guru, Director of Grand Affairs Group which includes ITATS
  • Adam George – Manufacturer & Inspector, Hirer, Director of In house events Ltd
  • Gary Bonehill – Inspector & Hirer, Owner of Cool Kids Entertainments.
  • Clive Ellis – Inspector & Repairer, Owner of Essex Inflatable Repairs
  • Matthew Swede – Manufacturer & Inspector, Owner of MDS Leisure
  • Luke Russell – Hirer, Director of Russell-Up Events Ltd
  • To find out more about the PLG, Please click here

Following several discussions with the HSE and representatives of the inflatable play industry, PIPA will be implementing a number of improvements that will move the scheme to the next level.

The changes will see quality management systems and audits for Inspection Bodies, new training opportunities for operators and increased communications to further promote the inflatable play industry.

Some of our other objectives include:

  • Strengthened scheme rules for existing and new Inspection Bodies that wish to join the PIPA scheme
  • Closer working relationship with the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) to ensure more consistent guidance and communications are released
  • Expansion of the scope of the PIPA scheme to include inflatables without mechanical elements (click here to find out the current position)

Through our excellent relationship with the HSE, it’s been agreed that the developments will take place over the next 3 years which will allow the industry time to adjust and prepare. To find out more click here.

Don’t forget, inspection of inflatable play equipment is a mandatory requirement as outlined by The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

This 3-year plan will ensure that PIPA continues to be the leading voice for the inflatable play industry.