Trampoline Parks Review
Following a fatality and several serious injuries at BC trampoline parks in 2018, this industry fell under scrutiny with several groups, including local health authorities, parents and municipal governments, began calling for trampoline parks to be regulated to protect public safety.
Trampoline parks are not currently regulated as an amusement device in BC under the Safety Standards Act. The current CSA Z267 Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices, which is adopted under the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation, does not address trampolines as an amusement device.
In response to the public’s concerns, Technical Safety BC is undertaking a comprehensive review of the amusement devices legislation. This includes revising how we oversee safety in existing devices such as waterslides, ziplines and roller coasters, as well as examining what criteria should be applied to new, upcoming, and potential amusement devices such as trampoline parks.
We are currently doing research and stakeholder engagement to explore aspects of potential regulation, and to determine what measures could help increase safety at indoor trampoline parks and similar facilities.
In reviewing options for the redesign of the amusement rides program, Technical Safety BC convened an advisory panel of experts; hosted a panel of risk management organizations which included government stakeholders, insurance companies, health authorities and other safety agencies; conducted a global jurisdictional scan; and has conducted an internal review of possible codes and standards that could be adopted to regulate trampoline parks.
Technical Safety BC will review the input from the various stakeholders together with the regulations, codes, and standards that are applicable to amusement rides in the province to make recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by the end of May 2019. Public consultation may be sought if we generate a proposal that would impact industry or members of the public, such as recommendations to the province for regulatory changes.
Technical Safety BC's role in safety oversight is not merely to uphold current regulation. This is just one example of how we play a central role in researching and proposing regulatory enhancements to the provincial government—and continue to monitor and respond to emerging safety issues with the needs of the public in mind.
“Technical Safety BC's role in safety oversight is not merely to uphold current regulation. We also play a central role in researching and proposing regulatory enhancements to the provincial government. Currently, we are in the process of reviewing amusement ride standards to determine whether and how additional technologies and activities should be included in regulation here in British Columbia.”Catherine Roome,
President & CEO, Technical Safety BC