Indoor Play - Children's Fully Enclosed Play Equipment Inspections (FEPE)
As there was no acknowledged independent accreditation process either for existing children's fully enclosed play equipment inspectors or for those who may aspire to the role, a number of well-known and experienced organisations have joined together to fill this gap by providing independent accreditation.
There is no specific legal requirement to provide inspection and maintenance programes but the British Standards Institute, the Health & Safety Executive, Insurers and the major safety organisations recommend inspections as "best practice".
Play facility managers have a legal and moral responsiblity of care to children using the site - and at the same time need to meet the expectations of the courts.
A regular series of inspection is recommended for children's fully enclosed play facilities.
This scheme enables inspector, who are on the Register, to demonstrate their competency to carry out the tasks required.
Essentially it looks at vandalism, minor and major wear, long-term structural problems, changes in the Standards compliance and design practices, risk assessment etc. This should be carried out by a specialist not connected with the playarea operator or manager giving an independent written report of the site(s).
Application information on how to become an Annual Inspector - click here