After years of inconsistent and out-of-date codes, a new
standard for water slides is available to aquatics
facilities and health departments around the nation.
The standard was developed by the ASTM International
Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices?
subcommittee F24.70, Water Related Rides and Attractions.
Installation, classification, design and operation are all
addressed under the new standard. Slides installed as of
Jan. 1, 2006, must adhere to the new standard if adopted by
the state. If the state has already accepted the F24
standard for amusement rides, the new water-slide standard
is automatically adopted.
Operators should check with their state health
departments to find out if the new standard applies.
In addition, further guidelines will be developed
regarding children?s slides and structures that
fall under jurisdiction of other subcommittees, such as
F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions. Future proposals
include guidelines for resorts as well.
The standard is available for all manufacturers and
state regulatory agencies to follow. ?By having a
good foundation for the layout and design of the rides, the
industry will be able to gain consistently safe products
that will be designed and installed for the
public,? said Andreas Tanzer, subcommittee chair
and manager of product development at ProSlide Technology
Inc. in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Industry members applauded the new standard.
?It?s about time,? said Alison
Osinski, president of Aquatic Consulting Services in San
Diego, who said other standards are out of date and not
fitting to current needs.
The standard for the United States can be purchased
online at www.astm.org.