PA Haunted Attraction Safety Seminars Not Just for PA Haunts –
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Agriculture is responsible for overseeing the safe operation of rides and attractions throughout the commonwealth. The Department considers Haunted Houses and Hayrides a Class 1 Attraction.
The Pennsylvania Amusement Ride Inspection Act mandates that ride or attraction owners (or their authorized representatives) become certified and trained to do regular inspections of their rides and attractions in addition to the annual Quality Assurance Inspections that are conducted by the department. “Pennsylvania’s are the only haunted attraction operators who are also trained safety professionals,” said Joseph G. Filoromo, supervisor of the department’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards Division. He went on to say, “Haunted Attractions in Pennsylvania are arguably the safest in the nation.”
The PA Department of Agriculture will be holding their spring safety seminar series in Harrisburg, PA on March 21 and 22. Registration for Class 1 certification is $95. The seminars, which include approximately eight hours of specialized training for haunted attractions, satisfy Pennsylvania’s training and testing requirements. The inspector (a.k.a. the attraction owner or their authorized representative) will be granted a three-year certification upon completion, which can be renewed without testing if the inspector attends at least one seminar within the next three years. Haunted attraction owners from outside of Pennsylvania are welcome to attend and will receive certification credentials upon completion of the seminars.
The registration brochure for the 2007 Pennsylvania Ride Inspectors Spring Seminars can be downloaded at http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/a...p?a=3&q=129356