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Subchapter 6.2. Permanent Amusement Ride Safety Orders
Article 1. Application and Definitions

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§3195.2. Definitions.

(a) In addition to the definitions given in this section, the definitions found at Section 344.6 of this Title also apply. Among others, the following terms are defined in Section 344.6: “as-built document,” “licensed engineer,” “new permanent amusement ride,” “owner or operator,” and “permanent amusement ride.”

(b) An “amusement ride incident” is any event, failure, or malfunction of a permanent amusement ride that:

(1) Results in the ride being closed to patrons for more than 12 consecutive hours; or

(2) Reasonably and substantially appears to have an impact on the safety of patrons.

(c) An “aquatic device” is a permanent amusement ride that involves the purposeful immersion of the patron's body partially or totally in the water. A permanent amusement ride which involves only incidental patron water contact, or which uses water primarily as a medium for carrying a conveyance vehicle, e.g., a log flume boat ride or a spillwater boat ride, is not an aquatic device.

(d) “Authorized person” means a person who:

(1) Has been authorized by the owner or operator, in a determination which defines the specific duties and rides to which the authorization pertains, to attend, operate, inspect, test, or perform maintenance on permanent amusement rides and associated equipment;

(2) Has successfully completed training (see Sections 3195.6 and 3195.7) in the duties to which the authorization pertains;

(3) Performs his or her duties within the scope of the authorization; and

(4) Is capable of reading and comprehending all written instructions, including those on operator controls, that are required to be available to or to be in view of a person performing duties within the scope of the authorization.

(e) A “DIN Standard” means a standard published by the Deutsches Institute of Normung.

(f) An “existing permanent amusement ride” is either of the following:

(1) A permanent amusement ride that was placed in operation and opened to the public for the first time prior to July 12, 2003; or

(2) A planned permanent amusement ride that has been substantially designed, manufactured, or fabricated prior to July 12, 2003.

(g) A “facility” means any single property or grouping of contiguous properties under the control of the owner or operator that contains one or more permanent amusement rides.

(h) A “flume” is a single descending pathway in or on a water slide.

(i) A “patron” means a member of the public who is not acting as an employee or as a consultant, contractor, or other agent of the owner or operator.

(j) “Public operation” means operation of an amusement ride with one or more patrons on board.

(k) A “ride” means a permanent amusement ride.

(l) A “splash pool” is a pool of water at the base of a flume, which constitutes the endpoint of a patron's travel along the flume.

(m) A “TUV Standard” means a standard published by the Technischer Uberwachungs Verein or Technical Control Organization.

(n) A “water slide” is an aquatic device using flowing water to provide low friction so that patrons can slide along a flume. There may be one or more flumes used on a water slide.


Authority cited: Sections 142.3 and 7923, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 142.3, 7921 and 7923, Labor Code.


1. New section filed 6-12-2003; operative 7-12-2003 (Register 2003, No. 24).

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