The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) have paved the way for the development of new ASTM amusement device standards, introducing uniform safety criteria for both Canada and the United States of America.
Seeking to gain a level of consistency and eliminate much duplication, CSA and ASTM struck a subcommittee to develop a new ASTM F24 standard, a comprehensive, one-volume document, that provides a mechanism to:
- adapt F24 standards to Canadian needs;
- provide greater two way communication between CSA and ASTM; and
- facilitate adoption by Canadian provinces and territories.
This one-source standard replaces the current CSA Z267 Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices. As CSA Z267 was primarily based on the ASTM F24 Family of Standards, Practice F2783 is a realignment of those core essentials with new sections tailor-made for Canada. Categorized in four distinct sections, the standard includes:
- Core Standards (for example, Terminology, Design, Manufacture, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection);
- Supporting Standards (for example, Measuring Ride Dynamics and Hardness of Composite Foam);
- Specific Classification of Amusement Rides and Devices Standards (for example, Go-Karts, Water Slides, Inflatables and Trains); and
- Unclassified Amusement Rides and Devices Standard (for example, Zip Lines, Bungee Type Devices, Gravity or Patron Controlled Non-mechanical Spherical Devices and Extreme Thrill Devices).
This Standard is structured such that Section 2.1 listings of Core Standards capture the essential and broad safety requirements for all amusement rides and devices. Section 2.2 listings of Supporting Standards are intended to complement in design of all amusement rides and devices where applicable. Section 2.3 listings of Specific Classification of Amusement rides and Devices Standards capture supplemental requirements in addition to Core Standards for anomalous amusement rides and devices. Section 2.4 listing of Unclassified Amusement Rides and Devices Standards captures general essential safety requirements for new amusement rides or devices that have yet to be regulated but have recently appeared within the public domain for use in conjunction with Core Standards and Supporting Standards.
To provide greater application within Canada, Practice F2783 also incorporates specific sections that include: Standards Cross Referencing Table; Substitutions; Exceptions; and Additional Requirements.
This unique initiative would not have been possible were it not for the active collaboration of the CSA Z267 and the ASTM F24.80 Harmonization Committees, representative of a diverse stakeholder base, including delegates from government (regulators), manufacturers, engineers, park owners/operators as well as general and consumer interests.
Practice F2783 is supported by Canadian provincial and territorial regulators and amusement device stakeholders, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), CSA and ASTM.
This Standard has been printed in Canada's two official languages.
This practice applies to the terminology, design, manufacture, operation, maintenance, and inspection of amusement rides and devices in Canada.
This practice adopts ASTM Committee F24 Standards listed under Sections 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.
This practice includes an annex (mandatory), which provides additional information (for example, rationale, background, interpretations, drawings, commentary, etc.) related to the application of the criteria presented in this practice.
This practice includes an appendix (non-mandatory), which provides additional information (for example, rationale, background, interpretations, drawings, commentary, and so forth) to improve the user's understanding and application of the criteria presented in this practice.
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This practice includes the following sections:
Section 1 - Scope
Section 2 - Referenced Documents
Section 2.2 - ASTM Committee F24 Core Standards for Amusement Rides and Devices
Section 2.3 - ASTM Committee F24 Supporting Standards for Amusement Rides and Devices
Section 2.4 - ASTM Committee F24 Standards for Specific Classification of Amusement Rides and Devices
Section 2.6 - Reference Codes, Standards, Specifications, and Handbooks Section 3 - Terminology
Section 4 - Significance and Use
Section 5 - Design
Section 5.1 - General
Section 5.3 - Substitution of Referenced Documents in Practice F2291 with Alternate DocumentsSection 5.3.1 - General
Section 5.3.2 - Canadian Standards Section 5.4 - Exceptions from Practice F2291
Section 5.5 - Additional Requirements Section 6 - Manufacture
Section 7 - Ownership, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection
Section 7.3 - Exceptions from Practice F770
Section 7.4 - Additional Requirements
Section 8 - Auditing of Amusement Rides and Devices
Annex A1 - Recognized Certification Marks
Appendix X1 - Significance and Use
Appendix X2 - Hardness Measurement of Patron Seat and Restraint Padding
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This Standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.