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PIPA Testing Scheme For Bouncy Castles

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All inflatable play equipment requires an annual test in order to comply with the

Health and Safety at  Work Act and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

This is a legal requirement. It is also a requirement of most insurance companies  

and you could find any claim could be void if there is no current safety certificate.

This includes bouncy castles, slides, obstacle courses, bungee runs,  and all other inflatable games.

Grand Affairs Group  provides annual inspections through its Inflatable Testing And Training Service (ITATS) and all tests are carried out to BS EN 14960 by PIPA registered inspectors. ITATS is registered as an inspection body with PIPA and therefore PIPA inspection (highly recommended) is also available.

Our inspectors will visit your premises to carry out the inspections. Alternatively hire a local hall in order that we do not have to combat the weather. Why not get together with other Operators and share the cost?

In order that inspections can be carried out quickly and efficiently you should:

  1. Be prepared to erect and dismantle equipment to be tested
  2. Have all manufacturers paperwork for individual units available
  3. Previous test certificates and reports
  4. Proof of any repairs or modifications
  5. Correct number of ground stakes for unit
  6. Correct fan/s for unit
  7. Any other equipment related to unit being tested

Your test will include a PAT test on your electrical fan. Extension leads can be PAT tested at an additional cost.

On completion of the inspection your examiner will inform you if the unit has passed or failed. If it has failed then a inspection report will not be issued until the repair has been completed. All inspection reports (PIPA and ITATS) are now sent via email in the form of a .pdf after the event. You can view and example of our own test reports by visiting our ‘Check Test’ page and searching ITS000000

Please note that at the present time we do not offer an on site repair service.

In order to get your units tested and ready for the new season why not get them booked in now? Our diary is now open and dates are filling very fast throughout the year.

Why not get together with other hirers in your area and share the cost.

All electrical equipment requires a PAT test including fans, extension leads, all work and office based equipment. If we are testing at your premises why not get your office equipment PAT tested at the same time. It will save you money.

Before we test equipment here are some useful tips to help get your units through first time.


 Bouncy Castles                                                                      Slides                                                                    Disco Domes

    Assault Courses & Fun Runs                                           Slide Combi                                                        Multi Play Unit

All other inflatables will be tested using relevant parts of EN 14960-1:2019,

manufacturers/designers/suppliers instructions and all other

historical data available on the date of the test.

EN 14960 will be expanded to cover all inflatable play equipment in the future.

The next review is underway with an anticipated release date of January 2020

The PIPA scheme is being expanded to include all inflatables (excluding pool inflatables).

Grand Affairs Group has been involved in the inflatable industry for over 30 years. With a comprehensive knowledge of the inflatable play industry the Inflatable Testing And Training Service (ITATS) has become one of the leading Inflatable Testing and Training Companies in the UK.

Inflatable Testing And Training Service (ITATS) is headed up by Peter Grand who is a qualified RPII Inspector, RPII Trainer, PIPA Tester and PAT Tester. ITATS offers a professional and friendly service that is second to none and offers expert advice regarding many aspects of the inflatable industry.

ITATS are an accredited Testing And Training Company for Inflatable Play Equipment including Bouncy Castles, Slides, Obstacle Courses Disco Domes etc. under the PIPA Scheme. ITATS also offer annual inspection reports of all inflatables currently not included in the PIPA scheme. Our inspection reports always contain full details of the inspection and a number of photographs. A unique service offered by ITATS.

All inflatables are tested under BSEN 14960, manufacturers/designers/suppliers guidance and any known historical data.

The testing scheme is designed to cover Inflatables sold and hired for commercial use and not those inflatable play items sold as toys through retail outlets which are governed by separate legislation and European Standards .

PIPA has the full support of the Health & Safety Executive (H.S.E.) which is why ITATS highly recommends the use of the PIPA scheme whenever appropriate. As a registered PIPA inspection body HSE also recognises ITATS Test Reports as the Operators compliance to the required legal standards.

ITATS Clients include Operators, Local Authorities, Leisure Providers, Leisure Centres, Community Centres, private individuals and many more.

We are often asked what a test involves and you can get a good idea by looking at our inspection sheet here

ITATS is a completely mobile service, we come to you, and we currently have customers in Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire,  Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Preston, England, Wales, Scotland, London, Hertforshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, West Sussex, East Sussex, Hampshire, Northamptonshire. Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Penrith, North Wales, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland, Perth, Swindon, Bath, Basingstoke, Oxford, Horley, Leatherhead, Hemel Hempstead. Jersey, Sweden, Holland, Isle Of Man, Lake District and many other towns across the UK and Europe. We do not carry out repairs ourselves but have a National network of repairers who carry out expert repairs for our customers at very competitive prices. We do not receive any payment or commission from repairs.

If you would like to know more about our service then give us a call.