For new amusement developers, having a handy list of resources is always helpful. Here we present a short list of what we have found to be well rounded for safety, trade and legal assistance. We do our best to stay current on links presented in the blog, do feel free to update us via the comment section if you find a dead or out of date link, thank you.
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
Association of Inflatable Rental Company Operators
The association promotes industry-wide best practices, self-regulation, and knowledge-sharing. A-IRCO also emphasizes the importance of inflatable safety to the public to raise awareness and aid in the selection of qualified inflatable providers.
Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers Trade Association
AIMS International, Ltd. fosters working relations and professionalism among amusement industry trade associations, and local, state, and federal government entities in order to promote and preserve the prosperity of the amusement industry as a whole.
International Association of Amusement Operators
IAAO is focused on smaller, community based family fun centers, indoor party centers and edutainment centers with under 30 staff. Helping these facilities drive More Traffic - More Often is our priority. Registration and services are free for amusement owners and operators.
Outdoor Amusement Business Association
OABA strives to encourage the growth and preservation of the outdoor amusement industry through leadership, legislation, education and membership services.
Responsible Operators of Amusement Rentals
ROAR’s purpose is to develop a “culture of safety” among owners and operators of amusement rental structures based on: ethics, safety guidelines, and the implementation of its operator training and certification program.
Safe Inflatable Operators Training Organization
SIOTO requires members to commit to unreserved high standards, safe practices, formal training and education of all operators. Members agree to abide by all relevant state and federal guidelines.
Council for Amusement and Recreational Equipment Safety
CARES provides a forum for discussion of issues regarding amusement equipment safety, administration, regulation, and enforcement at all levels of government. CARES is a voluntary organization of U.S. and Canadian government officials responsible for the enforcement of amusement ride and recreational equipment regulations.
National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials
NAARSO provides news, seminars, and certification examinations and endorsements for amusement ride inspectors authorized by jurisdictional agencies, insurance companies, private consultants, safety professionals, and federal government agencies.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The commission’s jurisdiction over amusement rides is limited to those not permanently fixed to a site.
U.S. CPSC State Inspection Directory
The directory identifies individual state offices dedicated to ride safety. The staff serves a clearinghouse of ride safety incident information and monitors activities associated with mobile amusements through the ATSM Committee F-24. It also investigates rides which may be defective or present public hazards, responding to official incident reports or complaints from consumers.
State Regulation and Inspection of Amusements
Saferparks is a forum dedicated to the free and open discussion of issues of current interest concerning amusement park safety regulations, practices, and procedures. saferparks.org is produced by Saferparks, Inc., a California non-profit corporation which is committed to improving the safety of amusement park rides and attractions.
American Society for Testing and Materials
ASTM leads the global effort to establish best in class practices for standards development and delivery. ASTM is widely recognized as the forum of choice across a diverse range of industries striving to solve standardization challenges.