Amusement Rides

 

AEDARSA, As the DAO, to issue the Certificate of Operation for Amusement Rides. The following are mailed to known owners/operators of Amusement Rides at the end of February each year:

  • Application for Certificate of Operation – Part I. Owner Information (EDA048)
  • Application for Certificate of Operation – Part II. Ride Information (details A# and ride currently in AEDARSA’s records)
  • Supplementary Form for New and Altered Rides (EDA046 and EDA046a)
  • Explanatory Letter - This letter details instructions to owners/operators including itinerary submission for portable rides and inspection scheduling requirements.
  • Relevant Enclosures

AEDARSA will enclose Standatas, Safety Advisors or other relevant documents.

 

All fees will be in a Applications for Certificate of Operation, Part I. and II. (and supplementary forms if applicable) received will be reviewed by appropriate personnel for accurate completion and fees before being accepted. Once an application is accepted, a Certificate of Operation per owner/operator listing the A# and ride will be issued and mailed in accordance with the current Ministerial Order.

All fees must be received before a Certificate of Operation is issued. AEDARSA abides by the frequency of inspections established by Alberta Municipal Affairs to ensure Amusement Rides are maintained and operated safely. Inspections are required annually for all operating devices within:• the first set up in the province for portables rides

  • 30 days of start-up for seasonally operated permanent rides
  • April 1st to May 1st for year round operated permanent rides

Please contact the nearest office and one of our staff will be happy to help you.

Certificate of Operation – Annual Fees

(prices below effective January 1, 2012)

Type of Device     Fee   GST SCC Fee   Total
Amusement rides (Permanent) $100.00 $5.00 $60.00 $165.00
Amusement rides (Portable) $100.00 $5.00 $60.00 $165.00

Amusement Rides Plan Examination Fee

The fee for plans examination, for a new or altered ride, will be $135.00 per hour to a maximum of $400.00 plus GST.

Inspection Fees (Initial & In-Service/Annual)

The fee for on site inspection time will be $135.00 per hour (plus GST) per Safety Codes Officer. Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the current rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e.hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

Fees for Inspections Beyond Working Hours

(8hrs/day, 40hrs/wk) and Statutory Holidays

Inspections performed during overtime hours (on non-statutory holidays) are 1.5 times the regular hourly rate plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection plus travel expenses.

Inspections performed on statutory holidays are 2 times the regular hourly rate plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection plus travel expenses.

Accident Investigation Fee

The fee for accident investigation will be $135.00 plus GST per hour for each Safety Codes Officer assigned to an accident investigation plus travel expenses.

 

Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the current rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

NOTE: AEDARSA may waive the fee for an accident investigation.

Special Inspection Fees

The fee for a special inspection performed on behalf of the owner when:

  • requested by the owner
  • there is a failure to comply with an inspection request
  • confirmation of an identified deficiency has been corrected is required

will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Office assigned to the inspection.

Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the current rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

Interest Charges On Overdue Accounts

Payment terms on all invoices issued by AEDARSA are NET 30 days. An interest rate of 18% per annum (or 1.5% monthly) will be charged on overdue accounts.

Other Fees

The fee for record searches will be $100.00 plus GST per device to a maximum of $500.00 plus GST.

Fee Increases

Fees may be adjusted by the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Board of Directors, provided that increases do not exceed the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Province of Alberta as published by Statistics Canada since the last fee increase.

 

View the Common Directives Listing for Amusement Rides in the pdf below.

 Common Directives Listing – Amusement Rides

August 2015 AMUSEMENT RIDE SAFETY BULLETIN (Inflatable Amusement Devices)

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April 5, 2005 AR Bungee Advisory

To: Owner/Operators of Recoiled Tethered Amusement Devices (Bungee)

This letter is to make you aware of changes to the Alberta Amusement Ride Regulation. Under the requirements of Alberta Regulation 32/2005 all recoil tethered amusement devices (bungee) must now be certified and inspected as per the requirements of the Safety Codes Act. This would include but not be limited to, fixed or portable bungee jumps and fixed or portable bungee assisted trampolines.

Attached you will find a copy of Alberta Regulation AR32/2005, clause 1.5 (g) from the CSA Z267-00 Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices, Application for Certificate of Operation and a Supplementary Application for an Existing Recoil Tethered Device.

Please completed the two applications and return them to AEDARSA Edmonton office, attach any manufacturer’s information relating to your device(s) (i.e. operating and maintenance manuals, drawings). Once AEDARSA has received your application, your device(s) will be given a registration number and a certificate of operation will be issued. We will then contact you to arrange an on-site inspection.

If you have any questions relating to this matter please contact AEDARSA Edmonton office.

March 1, 2005 AR Inflatable Devices Information

Re: Requirements for Certification of Inflated Amusement Devices

To: Owner or Person-in-charge

This notice is intended to clarify the requirements for certifying inflated amusement devices. It is directed at companies that operate or rent inflated amusement devices.

Alberta Government Policy requires the following types of inflated devices that operate at places where the general public is allowed, be certified and inspected

  1. Inflated Slides
  2. Inflated Bounce Devices with a jump surface higher than .25m from the base that are fully or partially enclosed above the jump surface.

Definition of places where the general public is allowed would include but not be limited to, public events, fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks, street or block parties. Inflated Devices that operate exclusively at private events where access is restricted to invited guests of the event organizer (i.e. company events, private parties, church functions, etc.) do not require certification or inspections.

Alberta Municipal Affairs Technical Administrator for Elevating Devices will make final determination of what is considered a public event.

If you have any questions, about these requirements, rr to obtain the necessary forms to register your inflated device(s).

Please contact the AEDARSA Edmonton office.

March 19, 2002 AR NOTICE Reporting Accidents/Incidents

Notice to Elevating Device, Passenger Ropeway, Amusement Ride Owners, Operators and Contractors regarding REPORTING ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS

This is a reminder to owners and/or their agents that under THE SAFETY CODES ACT must report accidents involving their elevating devices, passenger ropeways and amusement rides that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.

The goal of this notice is to promote reporting of accidents in a more timely and consistent manner and to assist us in our effort to identify accident/incident causes and prevent recurrences. To that end we request that owners/agents report all fatal, serious and serious equipment damage accidents/incidents immediately (by telephone). See below for further instructions/clarifications.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Reports by phone may be made to any AEDARSA office. After hours emergency service is available.
  2. When a fatal or serious injury accident/incident occurs, the equipment and the accident/incident scene should be secured (no evidence moved or disturbed) from any access except that which is necessary for the immediate medical needs of injured persons or to prevent possible injuries to others. Otherwise, clearance must be obtained from the Safety Codes Officer receiving the immediate report before releasing the equipment and the accident/incident scene.
  3. It is historically proven that minor injuries and even near misses can be a result of serious equipment problems. We therefore request that owners also report “Minor” injury accidents/incident (see interpretations) for evaluation by AEDARSA with a view to further investigation as may be necessary.
  4. When a company is contracted to perform maintenance functions on behalf of the owner, as is common practice in the elevator industry, the maintenance contractor becomes an agent of the owner with respect to the equipment they maintain. As such, they also bear a responsibility to report accidents/incidents involving equipment they maintain.
  5. Following the report by telephone, a written report (AEDARSA report forms available) is to be forwarded by fax or mail as early as possible.

INTERPRETATIONS

Accident/Incident

- An occurrence which as a result of a persons use of or contact with an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway results in death or injury; and
- A malfunction or failure of equipment that results in serious equipment damage or that could have resulted in an injury or both

ACCIDENT/INCIDENT CATEGORIES

Fatal

Where an accident/incident results in the death of a human being.

Serious

Where an accident/incident has resulted in bodily injury such that injured person(s) require medical treatment or hospitalization. Where it is apparent that future complications to injured person(s) may arise, as a result of the accident/incident, the accident/incident should be considered serious.

Minor
Where an accident/incident results in bodily injury that requires minor medical attention.

Serious Equipment Damage

Where an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway is damaged to the extent that significant repairs are required to restore the equipment to design specifications and/or to fully comply with applicable safety standards.

February 15, 2002 AR ADVISOR

THE NEW CSA Z267-00 SAFETY CODE FOR AMUSEMENT RIDES AND DEVICES GOES INTO EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 1, 2002 UNDER ALBERTA REGULATION 223/2001

To: Alberta’s Amusement Ride Industry

It is highly recommended that affected individuals obtain and thoroughly review a copy of the new Z267 standard for full details. Pay special attention to manufacturer and owner responsibilities.

Adoption of Alberta Regulation 233/2001 and the new code resulted in significant changes in provincial policies regarding locations of rides covered, types of rides covered, inspection criteria and design acceptance.

NEW RIDE ACCEPTANCE

Rides Manufactured after January 1, 2002 to Comply with the new CSA 267-00 Code

Rides manufactured after January 1, 2002 must comply with the new code. As a result, for those rides significantly more manufacturer documentation (to demonstrate code compliance) will be required along with applications for certificates of operation for the 2002 operating season. (A new supplementary form will be included with certificate application packages for owner/contractors this year setting out the information required)

Rides Manufactured before January 1, 2002

For rides manufactured between February 1990 and December 31, 2001 the previous CSA Z267-M1983 still applies. (Our old supplementary form, with some revisions to reflect these changes, also will be included with this years certificate application packages)

NEW ALBERTA MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS (AMA) POLICIES FOR 2002 AND 2003

New government policies to expect for 2002 with further changes in 2003 will expand and strengthen amusement ride safety programs for the province. The changes will increase the numbers of rides that must be inspected each year, the locations where rides are required to be registered and additional rides will be considered subject to the Act (see Attachment 1, to this advisory for details).

IMPORTANT NOTE TO FAIR/EVENT ORGANIZERS

Organizations that have had no previous involvement with AMA or AEDARSA regarding amusement rides, but who as part of their business or activities, make devices classed as amusement rides available to the general public should ensure that the ride(s) they use are registered with AEDARSA. If in doubt as to whether or not the regulation applies to your particular venue(s) please contact an AEDARSA office, as per the letterhead above, to assist in making a determination.

Other Rides to Comply with the CSA 267-00 code prior to Operation in 2002

Certain rides that were operated previously in Alberta but were not required to be registered as well as “New Concept” rides to be registered prior to operation for 2002(see Attachment 1, to this advisory for details).

Rides Required to be Registered Prior to Operation in 2003

Certain rides that were operated previously in Alberta, but did not have to be registered before, to be registered prior to operation for 2003 (see Attachment 1, to this advisory for details).

Attachment 1: To AEDARSA ADVISORY to the ALBERTA AMUSEMENT RIDE INDUSTRY, February 11, 2002
(New Alberta Municipal Affairs Policies)

Required on site (in-service) inspections for amusement rides increased.

Starting in 2002, all rides operating in the province must receive at least one full inspection during each operating season.

Types of locations where amusement rides are subject to Alberta Regulation 223/2001 broadened.

Starting in 2002, amusement ride regulations apply where rides are operated in places to which the general public is allowed access, including but not limited to public events, fairs, carnivals and amusement parks. (AMA’s Administrator to make final determination about places (e.g. public events) other than fairs, carnivals, amusement parks as necessary)

Rides such as those historically accepted as amusement rides (including inflated slides) require a permit to operate prior to operation for 2002 and new rides to be added (as listed below).

  1. all inflated (pillow bounce) rides with a jump surface higher than 0.25m from the base that are fully or partially enclosed above the jump surface; and
  2. free-fall drop rides
  3. walk through fun houses not equipped with people moving devices
  4. proposed new concept rides (AMA’s Administrator to make final determination where necessary)

New rides (as listed below) require a permit to operate for 2003.

  1. Bungees
  2. Simulated Rock Climbs
  3. Trampolines with ride enhancement devices

The following devices will be not considered as amusement rides:

(a) Any coin-operated ride that is manually, mechanically, or electrically operated and customarily placed in a public location and that does not normally require the supervision or services of an operator;

(b) Non-mechanized playground equipment, including, but not limited to, swings, seesaws, stationary spring-mounted animal features, rider-propelled merry-go-rounds, playground slides, trampolines, and physical fitness devices; and

(c) The following devices:

  1. Go Carts, All Terrain Vehicles, Snowmobiles
  2. Waterslides
  3. Devices operated solely by muscle power
  4. Hot-air Balloons
  5. Mechanical Bulls
  6. Children’s Play Parks
  7. Trains for Public Transportation

Clarification of Terms:

New Concept Rides – devices that did not operate in Alberta prior to the adoption of Alta. Reg. 223/2001. The Administrator will determine if they must meet the requirements of the CSA Z267-00 Safety Standard for Amusement Rides prior to operation.

Amusement Ride – any mechanical or gravity device that carries or conveys passengers along, around, or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement that is mechanically, or electrically operated and customarily placed in a public location and that normally requires the supervision or services of an operator.

February 16, 2001 AR ADVISOR

Re: CERTIFICATES OF OPERATION (OPERATING PERMITS) FOR INFLATABLE RIDES

To: Amusement Ride Owners/Contractors

Our last advisory to you dated January 1999 announced that pillow bounce rides would not require certificates of operation (operating permits) in Alberta. Alberta Municipal Affairs (AMA) and the Safety Codes Council are currently reviewing the question of including pillow bounce rides in future regulation.

Permits are required for the 2001 operating season for all “inflated slide” type rides.

AEDARSA expects that a policy update respecting other types of inflated rides will be will be determined in the near future but not before you receive the forms and any relevant updates for obtaining operating permits for the 2001 operating season.

Therefore, to minimize mid-season catch up work that probably will be required in this respect, please complete and forward applications for all inflated rides that you intend to operate in Alberta for the 2001 operating season.

Include manufacture’s specifications and instructions for inflated rides not previously registered in Alberta. Include required fees for inflated rides only if they incorporate slide(s) as an element of the ride.

AEDARSA will process applications respecting other inflated rides (once new regulations or policies are decided) and invoice you for permits issued at a later date (if required).

If you have questions regarding this policy please contact our offices.

Sincerely,

R.J. (Rod) Karen
Director, Technical Services

January 29, 1999 AR ADVISOR

Re: Pillow Bounce Rides

To: Amusement Ride Owners/Contractors

Effective this year (1999) pillow bounce rides will not be subject to Alberta Regulation 270/89. That means that AEDARSA will not require that Certificates of Operation be issued for this type of ride regardless of where they may be set up.

It has been determined by Alberta Labour and the Amusement Rides Technical council that Pillow Bounce Rides do not fall within the definition for amusement rides as set out in CSA Standard Z267-M1983 and Alberta Regulation 270/89.

Please do not send in any applications, plans, specifications or fees in respect of Pillow Bounce Rides that you intend to operate.

YEAR 2000 COMPLIANCE – AMUSEMENT RIDE CONTROL SYSTEMS

As you are probably aware concerns are ever increasing with Y2K compliance in computer/micro processor controls and systems that impact almost every facet of our lives today. It seems amusement rides have also become a subject of concern in this regard. Alberta Labour has asked us to verify that there will be no adverse affects on amusement ride safety as a result of the millennium change. We seek your co-operation in responding to their request.

PORTABLE RIDES (Seasonal Operation)

To obtain Certificates of Operation for rides in your portfolio proposed for operation within Alberta on or after January 1, 2000 AEDARSA will require verification (when making application) of:

  1. whether or not each ride uses programmable electronic components in its operational and safety control systems; and
  2. whether or not those rides that do use programmable electronic components in their operational and safety control systems have been tested by computer system experts; or that you have received verification from the original manufacturer.

AREA CODE CHANGE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 25, 1999 AEDARSA EDMONTON PHONE AND FAX CHANGE

The new area code for Northern Alberta is now 780. The area code only for long distance phone and fax calls to our Edmonton office has been changed from 403 to 780. Please change your records and automatic phone or fax dialing systems that may be affected.

It is our understanding that the old 403 area code will continue to function as normal until April 12, 1999. Following that, incoming long distance calls will be interrupted with a message giving the 780 code. After May 18, 1999 the 403 code will not work at all.

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

August 2015 AMUSEMENT RIDE SAFETY BULLETIN (Inflatable Amusement Devices)

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April 5, 2005 AR Bungee Advisory

To: Owner/Operators of Recoiled Tethered Amusement Devices (Bungee)

This letter is to make you aware of changes to the Alberta Amusement Ride Regulation. Under the requirements of Alberta Regulation 32/2005 all recoil tethered amusement devices (bungee) must now be certified and inspected as per the requirements of the Safety Codes Act. This would include but not be limited to, fixed or portable bungee jumps and fixed or portable bungee assisted trampolines.

Attached you will find a copy of Alberta Regulation AR32/2005, clause 1.5 (g) from the CSA Z267-00 Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices, Application for Certificate of Operation and a Supplementary Application for an Existing Recoil Tethered Device.

Please completed the two applications and return them to AEDARSA Edmonton office, attach any manufacturer’s information relating to your device(s) (i.e. operating and maintenance manuals, drawings). Once AEDARSA has received your application, your device(s) will be given a registration number and a certificate of operation will be issued. We will then contact you to arrange an on-site inspection.

If you have any questions relating to this matter please contact AEDARSA Edmonton office.

March 1, 2005 AR Inflatable Devices Information

Re: Requirements for Certification of Inflated Amusement Devices

To: Owner or Person-in-charge

This notice is intended to clarify the requirements for certifying inflated amusement devices. It is directed at companies that operate or rent inflated amusement devices.

Alberta Government Policy requires the following types of inflated devices that operate at places where the general public is allowed, be certified and inspected

  1. Inflated Slides
  2. Inflated Bounce Devices with a jump surface higher than .25m from the base that are fully or partially enclosed above the jump surface.

Definition of places where the general public is allowed would include but not be limited to, public events, fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks, street or block parties. Inflated Devices that operate exclusively at private events where access is restricted to invited guests of the event organizer (i.e. company events, private parties, church functions, etc.) do not require certification or inspections.

Alberta Municipal Affairs Technical Administrator for Elevating Devices will make final determination of what is considered a public event.

If you have any questions, about these requirements, rr to obtain the necessary forms to register your inflated device(s).

Please contact the AEDARSA Edmonton office.

March 19, 2002 AR NOTICE Reporting Accidents/Incidents

Notice to Elevating Device, Passenger Ropeway, Amusement Ride Owners, Operators and Contractors regarding REPORTING ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS

This is a reminder to owners and/or their agents that under THE SAFETY CODES ACT must report accidents involving their elevating devices, passenger ropeways and amusement rides that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.

The goal of this notice is to promote reporting of accidents in a more timely and consistent manner and to assist us in our effort to identify accident/incident causes and prevent recurrences. To that end we request that owners/agents report all fatal, serious and serious equipment damage accidents/incidents immediately (by telephone). See below for further instructions/clarifications.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Reports by phone may be made to any AEDARSA office. After hours emergency service is available.
  2. When a fatal or serious injury accident/incident occurs, the equipment and the accident/incident scene should be secured (no evidence moved or disturbed) from any access except that which is necessary for the immediate medical needs of injured persons or to prevent possible injuries to others. Otherwise, clearance must be obtained from the Safety Codes Officer receiving the immediate report before releasing the equipment and the accident/incident scene.
  3. It is historically proven that minor injuries and even near misses can be a result of serious equipment problems. We therefore request that owners also report “Minor” injury accidents/incident (see interpretations) for evaluation by AEDARSA with a view to further investigation as may be necessary.
  4. When a company is contracted to perform maintenance functions on behalf of the owner, as is common practice in the elevator industry, the maintenance contractor becomes an agent of the owner with respect to the equipment they maintain. As such, they also bear a responsibility to report accidents/incidents involving equipment they maintain.
  5. Following the report by telephone, a written report (AEDARSA report forms available) is to be forwarded by fax or mail as early as possible.

INTERPRETATIONS

Accident/Incident
- An occurrence which as a result of a persons use of or contact with an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway results in death or injury; and
- A malfunction or failure of equipment that results in serious equipment damage or that could have resulted in an injury or both

ACCIDENT/INCIDENT CATEGORIES

Fatal
Where an accident/incident results in the death of a human being.

Serious
Where an accident/incident has resulted in bodily injury such that injured person(s) require medical treatment or hospitalization. Where it is apparent that future complications to injured person(s) may arise, as a result of the accident/incident, the accident/incident should be considered serious.

Minor
Where an accident/incident results in bodily injury that requires minor medical attention.

Serious Equipment Damage
Where an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway is damaged to the extent that significant repairs are required to restore the equipment to design specifications and/or to fully comply with applicable safety standards.

February 15, 2002 AR ADVISOR

THE NEW CSA Z267-00 SAFETY CODE FOR AMUSEMENT RIDES AND DEVICES GOES INTO EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 1, 2002 UNDER ALBERTA REGULATION 223/2001

To: Alberta's Amusement Ride Industry

It is highly recommended that affected individuals obtain and thoroughly review a copy of the new Z267 standard for full details. Pay special attention to manufacturer and owner responsibilities.

Adoption of Alberta Regulation 233/2001 and the new code resulted in significant changes in provincial policies regarding locations of rides covered, types of rides covered, inspection criteria and design acceptance.

NEW RIDE ACCEPTANCE

Rides Manufactured after January 1, 2002 to Comply with the new CSA 267-00 Code

Rides manufactured after January 1, 2002 must comply with the new code. As a result, for those rides significantly more manufacturer documentation (to demonstrate code compliance) will be required along with applications for certificates of operation for the 2002 operating season. (A new supplementary form will be included with certificate application packages for owner/contractors this year setting out the information required)

Rides Manufactured before January 1, 2002

For rides manufactured between February 1990 and December 31, 2001 the previous CSA Z267-M1983 still applies. (Our old supplementary form, with some revisions to reflect these changes, also will be included with this years certificate application packages)

NEW ALBERTA MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS (AMA) POLICIES FOR 2002 AND 2003

New government policies to expect for 2002 with further changes in 2003 will expand and strengthen amusement ride safety programs for the province. The changes will increase the numbers of rides that must be inspected each year, the locations where rides are required to be registered and additional rides will be considered subject to the Act (see Attachment 1, to this advisory for details).

IMPORTANT NOTE TO FAIR/EVENT ORGANIZERS

Organizations that have had no previous involvement with AMA or AEDARSA regarding amusement rides, but who as part of their business or activities, make devices classed as amusement rides available to the general public should ensure that the ride(s) they use are registered with AEDARSA. If in doubt as to whether or not the regulation applies to your particular venue(s) please contact an AEDARSA office, as per the letterhead above, to assist in making a determination.

Other Rides to Comply with the CSA 267-00 code prior to Operation in 2002
Certain rides that were operated previously in Alberta but were not required to be registered as well as “New Concept” rides to be registered prior to operation for 2002(see Attachment 1, to this advisory for details).

Rides Required to be Registered Prior to Operation in 2003
Certain rides that were operated previously in Alberta, but did not have to be registered before, to be registered prior to operation for 2003 (see Attachment 1, to this advisory for details).

Attachment 1: To AEDARSA ADVISORY to the ALBERTA AMUSEMENT RIDE INDUSTRY, February 11, 2002 (New Alberta Municipal Affairs Policies)

Required on site (in-service) inspections for amusement rides increased.

Starting in 2002, all rides operating in the province must receive at least one full inspection during each operating season.

Types of locations where amusement rides are subject to Alberta Regulation 223/2001 broadened.

Starting in 2002, amusement ride regulations apply where rides are operated in places to which the general public is allowed access, including but not limited to public events, fairs, carnivals and amusement parks. (AMA’s Administrator to make final determination about places (e.g. public events) other than fairs, carnivals, amusement parks as necessary)

Rides such as those historically accepted as amusement rides (including inflated slides) require a permit to operate prior to operation for 2002 and new rides to be added (as listed below).

  1. all inflated (pillow bounce) rides with a jump surface higher than 0.25m from the base that are fully or partially enclosed above the jump surface; and
  2. free-fall drop rides
  3. walk through fun houses not equipped with people moving devices
  4. proposed new concept rides (AMA’s Administrator to make final determination where necessary)
New rides (as listed below) require a permit to operate for 2003.
  1. Bungees
  2. Simulated Rock Climbs
  3. Trampolines with ride enhancement devices

The following devices will be not considered as amusement rides:

(a) Any coin-operated ride that is manually, mechanically, or electrically operated and customarily placed in a public location and that does not normally require the supervision or services of an operator;

(b) Non-mechanized playground equipment, including, but not limited to, swings, seesaws, stationary spring-mounted animal features, rider-propelled merry-go-rounds, playground slides, trampolines, and physical fitness devices; and

(c) The following devices:

  1. Go Carts, All Terrain Vehicles, Snowmobiles
  2. Waterslides
  3. Devices operated solely by muscle power
  4. Hot-air Balloons
  5. Mechanical Bulls
  6. Children’s Play Parks
  7. Trains for Public Transportation

Clarification of Terms:

New Concept Rides - devices that did not operate in Alberta prior to the adoption of Alta. Reg. 223/2001. The Administrator will determine if they must meet the requirements of the CSA Z267-00 Safety Standard for Amusement Rides prior to operation.

Amusement Ride - any mechanical or gravity device that carries or conveys passengers along, around, or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement that is mechanically, or electrically operated and customarily placed in a public location and that normally requires the supervision or services of an operator.

February 16, 2001 AR ADVISOR

Re: CERTIFICATES OF OPERATION (OPERATING PERMITS) FOR INFLATABLE RIDES

To: Amusement Ride Owners/Contractors

Our last advisory to you dated January 1999 announced that pillow bounce rides would not require certificates of operation (operating permits) in Alberta. Alberta Municipal Affairs (AMA) and the Safety Codes Council are currently reviewing the question of including pillow bounce rides in future regulation.

Permits are required for the 2001 operating season for all "inflated slide" type rides.

AEDARSA expects that a policy update respecting other types of inflated rides will be will be determined in the near future but not before you receive the forms and any relevant updates for obtaining operating permits for the 2001 operating season.

Therefore, to minimize mid-season catch up work that probably will be required in this respect, please complete and forward applications for all inflated rides that you intend to operate in Alberta for the 2001 operating season.

Include manufacture's specifications and instructions for inflated rides not previously registered in Alberta. Include required fees for inflated rides only if they incorporate slide(s) as an element of the ride.

AEDARSA will process applications respecting other inflated rides (once new regulations or policies are decided) and invoice you for permits issued at a later date (if required).

If you have questions regarding this policy please contact our offices.

Sincerely,

R.J. (Rod) Karen
Director, Technical Services

January 29, 1999 AR ADVISOR

Re: Pillow Bounce Rides

To: Amusement Ride Owners/Contractors

Effective this year (1999) pillow bounce rides will not be subject to Alberta Regulation 270/89. That means that AEDARSA will not require that Certificates of Operation be issued for this type of ride regardless of where they may be set up.

It has been determined by Alberta Labour and the Amusement Rides Technical council that Pillow Bounce Rides do not fall within the definition for amusement rides as set out in CSA Standard Z267-M1983 and Alberta Regulation 270/89.

Please do not send in any applications, plans, specifications or fees in respect of Pillow Bounce Rides that you intend to operate.

YEAR 2000 COMPLIANCE - AMUSEMENT RIDE CONTROL SYSTEMS

As you are probably aware concerns are ever increasing with Y2K compliance in computer/micro processor controls and systems that impact almost every facet of our lives today. It seems amusement rides have also become a subject of concern in this regard. Alberta Labour has asked us to verify that there will be no adverse affects on amusement ride safety as a result of the millennium change. We seek your co-operation in responding to their request.

PORTABLE RIDES (Seasonal Operation)

To obtain Certificates of Operation for rides in your portfolio proposed for operation within Alberta on or after January 1, 2000 AEDARSA will require verification (when making application) of:

  1. whether or not each ride uses programmable electronic components in its operational and safety control systems; and
  2. whether or not those rides that do use programmable electronic components in their operational and safety control systems have been tested by computer system experts; or that you have received verification from the original manufacturer.

AREA CODE CHANGE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 25, 1999 AEDARSA EDMONTON PHONE AND FAX CHANGE

The new area code for Northern Alberta is now 780. The area code only for long distance phone and fax calls to our Edmonton office has been changed from 403 to 780. Please change your records and automatic phone or fax dialing systems that may be affected.

It is our understanding that the old 403 area code will continue to function as normal until April 12, 1999. Following that, incoming long distance calls will be interrupted with a message giving the 780 code. After May 18, 1999 the 403 code will not work at all.

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

 

Certificate of Operation will be issued at the completion of the inspection(s) at the first set up in each calendar year.

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Guide for Owners and Persons in Charge

When an accident/incident involving an elevating device occurs, the owner or person in charge must report the accident/incident to the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Safety Association. The Association has been delegated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs to undertake accident/incident investigations for the Province.

For accidents/incidents resulting in fatalities, injuries that require medical treatment or serious damage to equipment, the first step is to telephone our nearest office.

For locations north of Red Deer, contact our Edmonton office.
For locations in Red Deer and south, contact our Calgary office.

Until our safety codes officer completes an investigation of the accident/incident scene, nothing should be touched or removed from the site and the surrounding area unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent further injury, loss of life or property damage. Our safety codes officer will investigate the accident/incident and file a report. The owner or person in charge will be requested to complete this accident/incident report.

For accidents/incidents that require first aid only, it is not necessary to telephone our office but a written report is required.

Under the Safety Codes Act in Section 16 of the Administrative Items Regulation (Alberta Regulation 16/2004), 16. An owner of an elevating device or his agent shall

  • notify an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline or a safety codes officer and the safety codes officer must notify an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline as soon as practicable after an accident/incident involving the elevating device that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment, and
  • if requested by an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline, submit, as soon as practicable, a full written report of any accident/incident involving the elevating device that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.

For your convenience, a format for completing this written accident/incident report is included. To report an accident/incident, or for further information please contact our offices.

Important Notes

  • Reports by phone may be made to any AEDARSA office. After hours emergency service is available.

 

  • When a fatal or serious injury accident/incident occurs, the equipment and the accident/incident scene should be secured (no evidence moved or disturbed) from any access except that which is necessary for the immediate medical needs of injured persons or to prevent possible injuries to others. Otherwise, clearance must be obtained from the Safety Codes Officer receiving the immediate report before releasing the equipment and the accident/incident scene.
  • It is historically proven that minor injuries and even near misses can be a result of serious equipment problems. We therefore request that owners also report “Minor” injury accidents/incidents (see interpretations) for evaluation by AEDARSA with a view to further investigation as may be necessary.
  • When a company is contracted to perform maintenance functions on behalf of the owner, as is common practice in the elevator industry, the maintenance contractor becomes an agent of the owner with respect to the equipment they maintain. As such, they also bear a responsibility to report accidents/incidents involving equipment they maintain.
  • Following the report by telephone, a written report (AEDARSA report forms available) is to be forwarded by fax or mail as early as possible.

Interpretations

Accident/Incident – An occurrence which as a result of a persons use of or contact with an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway results in death or injury; and

A malfunction or failure of equipment that results in serious equipment damage or that could have resulted in an injury or both

Accident/Incident Categories

Fatal - Where an accident/incident results in the death of a human being.

Serious – Where an accident/incident has resulted in bodily injury such that injured person(s) require medical treatment or hospitalization. Where it is apparent that future complications to injured person(s) may arise, as a result of the accident/incident, the accident/incident should be considered serious.

Minor – Where an accident/incident results in bodily injury that requires minor medical attention.

Serious Equipment Damage - Where an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway is damaged to the extent that significant repairs are required to restore the equipment to design specifications and/or to fully comply with applicable safety standards.

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Calgary Office Address
Phone: (403) 216.5750
Fax: (403) 216.5755
209, 264 Midpark Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2X 1J6

Edmonton Office Address
Phone: (780) 448.0184
Fax: (780) 448.0237
104, 8616-51st Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6E6