Yes, we will still inspect it to the European standard EN14960 (using it as a guide) and calculate the correct amount of users, Anchor Points, Unit pressure and overall design of the inflatable to ensure it is used and operated in a safe manner.
The en14960 standard does not use ages for inflatables it is all done on the height of the user.
There is none, the test is exactly the same. PIPA is the online registration of the RPII trained Testers, Test
We test to EN14960 designed for Bouncy Castles and Slides manufactured for Sliding and Bouncing
Education on PIPA and inspections of bouncy castles have increased massively over the last few years.
If you have been asked then let them have them, they should also ask for Insurance, safe setup and Risk assessments for the items hired.
Don’t be afraid there just doing there checks to see if you are a reputable hire company.
Take a look here http://www.pta.co.uk/licences/keep-it-legal/faqs-inflatables.aspx
In Order to Comply with the law, it is the operator’s responsibility to have their equipment tested by a competent person, at the moment this is a test to EN14960:2013.
PIPA is just an online registration platform allowing your customers to check you have met this requirement in law.
Us here at Inflatable PIPA Testing think PIPA is a great idea but it’s your choice, we will test it exactly the same way as we would a PIPA tagged unit but only issue an IPT certificate if required, why you would want this is beyond me but it’s your choice.
Its hard to say without seeing the hole and knowing where it is, but normally the answer is yes.
We will not repair any inflatable that does not meet EN14960.
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Yes, we can with our Mobile Repair Sewing machine we can repair most items onsite.
We stock Tie Down Points and Webbing, we can even manufacture new tie down points to match the old ones.
It can be inspected to EN14960 and if it passes, we will issue a PIPA Tag and Certificate.
We have seen many Chinese and other manufacturers from around the world claiming to manufacture to EN14960 and PIPA Standards, there are literally hundreds of standards around the world and it is hard enough to get an English bouncy castle manufacturer to PIPA standards so to ask a Chinese factory halfway around the world to make you a large inflatable to PIPA standards is a big job, We have personally visited over 60 Chinese factories over the last 10 years and have seen some very good and some very bad interpretations of the EN14960 Standards.
Most Factories will tell you it conforms to EN14960 as once its paid for and shipped it not there problem as it’s not easy to send things back to China.
We will inspect any inflatable for the correct fee and advise you of any work that needs doing to make it pass EN14960.
Were also City and Guilds Trained for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
For a small fee, we will also inspect and test your electrical items and issue a PAT test Certificate detailing the items inspected and PAT Tested.
See the Pricing Page for More Information.
The HSE recommends all electrical items be tested at regular intervals. The type and frequency of user checks, inspections and testing needed will depend on the equipment, the environment in which it is used and the results of previous checks.
Only RPII trained and Registered Testers can Inspect your inflatables and Issue a PIPA Certificate
Use the PIPA website to check out their credentials to make sure there a Competent person recognised by the HSE
PIPA is an inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry to ensure that equipment conforms to recognised safety standards.
Visit there website here PIPA
Shot Answer is, if you are hiring it out to the public then Yes it needs to be inspected by a competent person to the EN14960 Standard.
If it’s just in your back garden for your kids to bounce on and you are not hiring it out or lending it to friends then NO.
PIPA is a Great Scheme and we do PIPA tests as standard on all PIPA Scope inflatables that fall under the EN14960 Standard, Mainly Bouncy Castles, Slides, Obstacle Courses and Soft air Mountains.