Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has launched a state-first code of practice for amusement ride operators.
The code applies to amusement rides (or devices) at major amusement parks, school fetes and regional shows, and covers rides such as Ferris wheels, rollercoasters, dodgem cars and jumping castles.
The new guidance steps out practical ways to manage health and safety risks and complements existing state laws under the Amusement devices code of practice 2023.
Although existing safety requirements in Queensland have not changed and remain some of the strongest in the world, the code provides ride owners with practical guidance on how to manage risks and meet their obligations.
The guidance covers the lifecycle of an amusement device and details information related to buying a device, installation, operation, training for ride operators, inspections and maintenance, and decommissioning.
The Code is effective from 1 February 2024.