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PIPA testing - East Anglia!

RP11 Qualified Test Inspector.


We can carry out full PIPA Tests with our RPII qualified engineers. The cost for average size castle is just £65.00. Certificates and tags can be supplied.

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  • Serving Essex, Kent, London, Suffolk, Cambridge
  • An all-in-one solution for bouncy castle operators across the UK!

PIPA tests - or Pertexa Inflatable Play Accreditation tests - are designed to help bouncy castle operators comply with their requirements under health and safety legislation. According to the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, businesses of all kinds - including bouncy castle hire firms - must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that their operations do not cause any injury to their staff or the general public. Furthermore, this act says that all fairground equipment - which includes items which are designed to be used by people as "either as a slide or for bouncing upon" - must be tested by a competent person.

Om 2006, the European Union introduced European Standard EN14960:2006, later updated to EN14960:2013. This, alongside the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, state that these bouncy castle safety tests should take place every year.

Therefore, our PIPA testing service is designed to help bouncy castle operators and other inflatable rental companies comply with their legal requirements. Our competent PIPA testing staff are part of the Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) and have passed specialist examinations that demonstrate they have the skill and experience needed to perform safety tests on inflatables to a high quality and comply with all relevant laws.

Bouncy castle hire companies that try to perform their own PIPA tests will find they will be unable to convince a court that they complied with all their health and safety requirements, but companies that use KBL Event Hire's PIPA testing experts will be able to demonstrate that they achieved best practice expectations and that their inflatables have been shown to be safe by trained and qualified professionals.

If you have any questions about PIPA testing, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 0845 521 1157 or check out our contact us page!

PIPA Standards

When a company, organisation or individual makes available any equipment in return for payment, they become subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This act places a duty of care on everyone involved in the transaction. This means that the operator, the operator's employees, the hirer, the hirer's employees as well as the owner or manager of the premises should do everything possible to ensure the safe use of the equipment.

In addition the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require that all work equipment, and that includes inflatable play, must be tested by a competent person at suitable intervals (usually once a year).

PIPA helps operators conform with the law by defining a 'competent person' as one who has passed a specialised examination and is registered with the Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII).

Inspection by a competent person prior to first use and annually thereafter provides fundamental confidence in the equipment itself.

PIPA is one of only two inspection schemes recognised by the HSE (the other is ADIPS).

Operators using other testing schemes or methods may be required to demonstrate how such procedures equal or better the accepted best practice. Testers with no formal qualifications, however well experienced, would probably not be able to satisfy a court of their competence.

BS EN 14960:2013

The European standard for inflatable play equipment is BS EN 14960:2013.

The published standard is subject to copyright so cannot be made available from this site. It can be purchased here.


The PIPA scheme is designed to help you meet your obligations under Health and Safety legislation. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Regulations require all inflatable play equipment that is "designed to be used by members of the public for entertainment purposes either as a slide or for bouncing upon" to be tested at suitable intervals by a competent person.