All parks will be assessed to the latest Operational Standards, regardless of build date. This means the standards set out in ISO 23659:2022 for operations will be assessed in all cases.
Operational Assessment: All operational assessments will be assessed against the standards of ISO 23659:2022
The date of park build will dictate which operational standard will be used to assess the construction of the park.
Simply, equipment built before the publication of ISO 23659:2022 will be assessed to the standards of BSI PAS5000:2017. Equipment built after the publication of ISO 23659:2022 will be assessed to the standards of ISO 23659:2022.
Construction Assessment: Equipment built before November 2022 will be assessed to the standards of BSI PAS5000:2017. Equipment built after November 2022 will be assessed to the standard of ISO 23659:2022
Equipment built before PAS5000:2017 will still be assessed to this standard, in order to gain accreditation.
Parks built before November 2022 can elect to be assessed to the construction standards of ISO 23659:2022.
No successful assessment can be given or considered for parks that have equipment within the scope the above standards, but that does not meet the standard, regardless of the date of construction. This would lead to an assessment fail.
What is the Assessment Process
Inspections normally take place in a single day per park. However, your inspector may discuss a different approach to assessment, if they are assessing multiple parks for you, or dependant on the size of your park.
1. Join TAILA & LEAPS
Access to the assessment process is dependant on becoming a member of The Active Indoor Leisure Association (TAILA) & the Leisure Equipment Asset Protection Scheme (LEAPS). We’ve negotiated a significantly discounted rate for joint membership. Click here to join.
Once you purchase membership, you’ll be sent the registration process for both organisations. You’ll also be sent the assessment protocols!
2. Get the Standards Documents
You’ll need the standards documents in order to ensure you comply with the content within. You can get those here:
- BSI PAS5000:2017 Specification for the construction and operation of a fixed indoor trampoline park. Accessible here 🔗
- ISO 23659:2022 Trampoline parks — Safety requirements. Accessible here 🔗
Don’t forget – you won’t need the PAS5000:2017 if your park was built after November 2022. Both construction and operational assessments will be considered against ISO 23659:2022 alone.
3. Book your Assessment(s) with an Approved Inspection Body
Booking into your inspection is simple. Your LEAPS registration will list certified inspection bodies that can assess your park(s) to the appropriate standards.
LEAPS will ensure Inspection Bodies (IBs) are competent to inspect – one of the reasons LEAPS assessments are recognised by the HSE.
You will be given advice by the inspector to help you prepare, and they will set a date and process for inspection. Note: Inspection Body fees may differ.
Upon Successful Inspection…
A successful inspection will lead to your facility being listed on the TAILA Register of Inspected Parks & the LEAPS Directory of Certified Parks – both recognised by the Health and Safety Executive and the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Accessing the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)
Once you have received your PAS/ISO, and have an active joint membership with the Active Indoor Leisure Association & the Leisure Equipment Asset Protection Scheme, you’ll be eligible to apply to join the LOtC.
This process has it’s own assessment. We have prepared a guide for this assessment, available to Joint TAILA x LEAPS Members here (you must log in with the correct membership product to access this page).
Existing PAS5000:2017 Inspection Holders
Your facility may have previously been inspected to meet the standards of PAS5000:2017.
In Section 5.11.2 of ISO 23659:2022, the latest relevant standard for the operation of trampoline parks, a comprehensive Annual Inspection and Biennial Inspection shall be carried out in accordance with the standard.
As such, we recommend facilities with an existing assessment to PAS5000:2017 should complete an inspection to ISO 23659:2022, within 2 years of their last PAS5000:2017 inspection, or by the 2nd Anniversary of the release of ISO 23659:2022, whichever may come first.
Existing TAILA Aspirant Members can purchase a ‘bolt on’ LEAPS membership to begin the TAILA x LEAPS Inspection and Assessment pathway. Click here to join.
The role of the Active Indoor Leisure Association (TAILA) and the Leisure Equipment Asset Protection Scheme (LEAPS)
Most of the TAILA committee, along with international partners, sit on the expert panel for the authoring of ISO 23659:2022 (another round of consultation is currently taking place on the existing standard). This committee have done outstanding work to ensure the demands of ISO 23659:2022 are reasonable, realistic, achievable, and not cost prohibitive. The process of authoring a standards document often requires compromise & sacrifice – while all experts are committed to participant safety, not all agree on how to achieve it.
As an example of the work done by members of the TAILA committee – some standards proposed during the draft of the ISO included proposals that may have doubled direct labour salaries for court monitoring, without demonstrating compelling evidence for a resulting increase in participant safety. In fact, it was felt by operational experts that this approach would ultimately reduce participant safety. Our experts successfully lobbied for a common sense approach, that appropriately allocates resources and attention where it is best placed to reduce risk.
Our relationship with LEAPS is a recognition of the growing demand for 3rd party leisure & attractions inspections by certified & trusted inspectors. TAILA understand that trampoline park safety is paramount to the future of our industry. In addition, the majority of operators want to know their parks and the procedures they have in place, meet the published standards.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are keen to see a considered approach to park safety and inspection. This inspection procedure aims to meet those needs, and serve as a reference for local enforcement bodies, like your local Environmental Health Officers (EHOs).