Local authorities and venues invited to join MUTA affiliate scheme
MUTA is today calling on event organisers and regulators tokeep up-to-date with safety in the temporary structure and inflatable playsectors by signing up as affiliate members of the association.
Fabric-based structures and equipment – such as marquees andbouncy castles – can create significant hazards at events, of which organisersand enforcement officers should be fully aware. MUTA, the trade association forthe industry, operates the MUTAmarq and PIPA schemes which accredit temporarystructures and inflatable play equipment respectively. It is now opening upmembership to local authorities, venues, and event organisers through a newaffiliate scheme in order to complement the promotion of industry bestpractice.
MUTA has run four safety seminars for those with an interestin event safety around the country this spring. Over 100 delegates in total attendedthe events in Edinburgh, Stoneleigh, Runcorn and Bristol and they heard fromindustry experts on MUTA guidance for temporary structures, the MUTAmarqinspection programme and the PIPA scheme. The feedback from delegates wasoverwhelmingly positive.
Affiliate membership is currently free. In return for acommitment of support for the schemes, affiliate members benefit from:
· Health and safety support and advice
· Monthly newsletter
· Visit by our health and safety complianceofficer to the erection or take down at an event
· Reduced rates for StructureSafe training andother relevant services
To find out more about affiliate membership or the seminarsMUTA will be running in the autumn, please contact the secretariat on 0207 6189196 or email@example.com.
Tony Marsh, MUTA President, said:
“The structural failures witnessed last year in Belgium andIndiana demonstrate the risks that fabric structures can create at events andthe importance of managing them correctly. MUTA represents competent companieswho want to work to best practice and we encourage everyone in the industry tofollow the standards we develop and set, in order to minimise the risk ofaccidents.”
Helen Smith, an event officer at Cardiff City Council, whoattended the Bristol seminar, said:
“The seminar was very useful and to the point. All of it wasinteresting and has given me a lot of confidence when dealing with structuresin my work. It should be a requirement for people procuring structures to have hadthis course!”
Jubilee party planners urged to look for accreditation
People hiring bouncy castles and marquees for parties tomark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee should ensure they use accredited companies,the trade association for the industry says today.
Many members of the public will be organising events for thefirst time and may not be aware of the risks involved in bringing in inflatableplay equipment or marquees, which could collapse or blow away if not erected ormanaged correctly. MUTA, which represents the inflatable play and temporarystructures industries, runs two accreditation schemes that help customerschoose suppliers that follow best practice.
The PIPA scheme certifies bouncy castles and inflatableslides that meet internationally recognised safety standards through a systemof annual inspections. Each compliant inflatable has a blue tag with a number whichcan be entered on www.pipa.org.uk to checkits safety status.
The MUTAmarq scheme is a kitemark for marquee hire companiesand hirers of other types of temporary structures such as tipis. Accreditedhirers are subject to on-site inspections by MUTA’s independent inspector whoensures that their working practices are safe and that the finished product isstructurally sound and flame retardant. Customers hiring marquees for their event should make sure that theirsupplier has a current MUTAmarq compliance certificate or is listed on www.muta.org.uk.
Tony Marsh, MUTA President, says:
“Large fabric structures such as marquees and bouncy castlescan be one of the biggest hazards involved in events, and event planners shouldbe aware that there are safety standards suppliers should meet. Both our fabricstructure hire members and inflatable equipment inspectors are committed toraising professional standards within their industries and, in doing so, reducingrisks to the public, so customers should look out for marquee hirers with theMUTAmarq logo and inflatable play equipment with a PIPA tag.”