Safety Standards for Amusement Rides and Devices

There are no mandatory national safety standards for U.S. amusement rides, but the amusement ride industry has developed an extensive suite of consensus safety standards through theĀ ASTM F-24 committee. State and local rules, where they exist, may reference ASTM industry standards, government-drafted requirements, or a combination of both.

The ASTM F-24 committee is responsible for standards related to amusement rides and devices. This includes waterslides, inflatables, go-karts, ziplines and challenge courses, trampoline courts, and a growing list of commercially-operated amusement experiences.

ASTM standards for amusement rides are used globally as well, and there are a few other standards organizations that develop safety protocols for the European Union and other international jurisdictions.

Links to Standards Organizations

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ASTM International

ASTM International is the engineering standards organization that oversees the F-24 committee, which develops standards for Amusement Rides and Devices used in the United States and other countries.
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European Committee for Standardization

European Committee for Standardization develops safety standards for the EU, including standards related to amusement rides and devices.
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IAAPA Standards Harmonization Project

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) hosts and promotes an industry-led effort to harmonize safety standards for amusement rides and devices.
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International Standards Organization

International Standards Organization (ISO) develops International Standards for Business, Government and Society. ISO has a suite of amusement ride standards under development (ISO/TC 254) and also produces a wide array of supporting standards.


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