New requirements mandated by the regulations include but are not limited to:
- A third-party inspection by a Department-certified inspector;
- Mandatory insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $1 million/occurrence and $2 million general aggregate limit (or the statutory limit);
- Criminal history inquiries on all Owners, Managers and Staff age 18 or older who may come into contact with children or other vulnerable individuals;
- Retention of detailed maintenance, equipment inspection, staff training and site plan records;
- Protocols for reporting serious injuries; and
- Adherence to tested industry safety and operation standards for Challenge Courses and Climbing Wall Facilities.
The Challenge Course and Climbing Wall Facility regulations are included as part of the Amusement Device regulations first implemented by the Department in 2005 and were written with extensive input from industry representatives. For additional information, view the Challenge Course/Climbing Wall Facility FAQs on this website.