Work Health and Safety (Amusement Devices – Public Safety) Amendment Regulation 2019
On 21 March 2019, the Governor in Council approved the Work Health and Safety (Amusement Devices – Public Safety) Amendment Regulation 2019 (the Amendment Regulation).
The Amendment Regulation commences on 1 May 2019 and gives effect to recommendations about amusement device safety in the Final Report of the Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.(PDF, 2237.21 KB)
A summary of the amendments is outlined below.
Changes to the Work Health Safety Regulation 2011
The Amendment Regulation:
- requires major inspections of amusement devices by a competent person (which for most amusement devices will be a registered professional engineer) at specified intervals. This will generally be every 10 years unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer or a competent person who has previously inspected the device
- introduces mandatory elements that must be covered in instruction and training for amusement device operators—for example, starting, operating and stopping the device under normal conditions; stopping the device in an emergency; and giving safety instructions to passengers
- requires operators to be determined as competent before operating any amusement device
- requires operators to be clearly identifiable as the operator of the device
- requires additional information to be included in log books for amusement devices including details about competent operators for the device, previous inspections and enforcement notices issued in relation to the device by inspectors under relevant legislation
- requires log books to be available to the competent person carrying out a major inspection of the amusement device
- requires information about the most recent annual inspection and competent operators for the amusement device to be made available to event organisers on request
- introduces a safety case and licence regime for major amusement parks, requiring a comprehensive and integrated approach for managing safety of amusement devices at the parks.
A copy of the Amendment Regulation as approved and explanatory notes are available online at the Queensland Legislation website.
- Last updated
- 16 April 2019
Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks
A Work Health and Safety inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.