Health and Safety Executive - Vocabulary Portal
The Archive has been working closely with the
Health and Safety Executive since 2002. The project brief is to
present and maintain a clear vocabulary of fairground riding technologies
- in terms of adult fairground machines - and to supplement this
with up to date information listing the population of any ride in
a structured fashion.
The project has a variety of aims to help present
both a safer image of fairgrounds and to provide a pro-active mechanism
to help the Health and Safety Executive promote a systematic and
current maintaining of all rides with regard to potential problem
areas. The clear sighted and consistent vocabulary helps to present
a better understanding of the business, and this better understanding
of the business in turns feeds into a more rigorous and tightly
controlled media profile. The 'pro-active' or preventative aspect
of the project is such that any discovered faults on any type of
fairground machine (or particular manufacture of machine) can then
be taken forward to all other active fairground machines that may
be susceptible to a similar fault. The provision of this resource
by the Archive allows the Health and Safety Executive and the fairground
operators to stay one step ahead of any potential problems.
The amount of work put into this project has been
substantial. One only has to consider a fairground ride like the
'Twist' - which has been constantly manufactured by a variety of
companies since 1960 and is such that their are over 250 machines
in active service - to appreciate the complexity of the information.
The project between the Archive and the Health
and Safety Executive is ongoing.