BOUNCY CASTLE ASSOCIATIONSThere are a number of trade associations that bouncy castle hire companies can become members of, and if you want to make sure the company you’re hiring from is professional and reputable, then it might be worth checking if they are a member of any of these associations:
British Inflatable Hirers Association (BIHA)
Launched in 2000, the BIHA has more than 30 members from across the UK and successfully brings together the inflatable hire industry together to share information and ideas. The BIHA is particularly focused on getting Public Liability insurance premiums lowered and improving the overall safety standards within the industry. This organisation also supports and recommends the new PIPA scheme for the testing and certification of bouncy castles and inflatable slides.
PIPA is an inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry to ensure that children's inflatable play equipment, such as slides and bouncy castles, conform to national standards. All of the industry's trade associations have co-operated in setting up the scheme, which is supported by the Health and Safety Executive.
The scheme recognises that there are three elements that make for a safe inflatable play environment: properly manufactured and maintained equipment, correct operation of the equipment, and supervision. The PIPA scheme ensures that equipment is tested both before the first use and annually after that.
Association of Inflatable Manufactures, Operators, Designers and Suppliers (AIMODS)
AIMODS is a relatively new trade association for the inflatable play industry but it has already helped to establish the PIPA scheme, as well as supporting the growth of the industry and changes in its safety standards.
National Association of Inflatable Hirers (NAIH)
The NAIH is a trade association for inflatable hire companies across the UK, and its members are suppliers of bouncy castles, inflatable games and other types of leisure equipment. The association has a strict membership criterion and supports the PIPA scheme.
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