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Water slides are devices that use water to enable people to slide rapidly along a static structure, mainly under gravity. They are widely found in amusement parks and entertainment centres in Western Australia.
When operated for hire or reward, water slides are items of plant classified as amusement devices under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (the WHS General Regulations).
Water slides are exempt from the requirement to register plant or its design under the WHS General Regulations. However, as amusement devices, water slides must be maintained, inspected and tested as necessary and undergo an annual inspection at least once every 12 months (see Actions required below).
Inadequate design, installation, inspection, maintenance and training have contributed to serious injuries in Western Australia from the use of water slides.
The installation, testing, inspection and maintenance must meet the requirements specified by the designer or manufacturer otherwise patrons may be exposed to risks of serious injury or death. These risks may involve patrons:
Contributory factors include a lack of:
Water slides should meet the design requirements of a published technical standard or engineering principles.
A water slide must only be operated by a person who has been instructed and trained in its proper use.
The person with management or control of the water slide at a workplace must also ensure that, each day the water slide is used:
Maintenance, inspection and testing
A water slide at a workplace must be maintained, inspected and, if necessary, tested by a competent person, and according to the:
A detailed inspection of the water slide must be carried out at least once every 12 months by a competent person.
The competent person must:
For the purpose of maintenance, inspection and testing, including the annual inspection, a competent person is someone who:
A person is not a competent person to carry out a detailed inspection of an amusement device that includes an electrical installation unless the person is qualified, or is assisted by a person who is qualified, to inspect electrical installations.
Log books and manuals
The person with management or control of the water slide at a workplace must keep records of the erection and storage of the device (including dates) in the log book. The log book, operating manual and maintenance manual must be kept with the water slide.
Persons involved in the commissioning, installation, use, storage and testing, and the decommissioning, dismantling and disposal, of the water slide must be given the log book, operating manual and maintenance manual.
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Work Health and Safety Commission