Introduction to WHS in Amusement Devices

Safe Systems of Work



All business are legally required to introduce safety measures to prevent injuries from happening in the workplace. Accidents are costly to the employee, business and families involved, accident prevention is at the top of all policies and procedures. Under the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 the process of these actions, which are legally required to be followed should be implemented in the workplace.


For example at Aussie World safety is considered as extreme, This however used to be overlooked, about 20 years ago the ferris wheel had little to no safety. It stands about 27 meters high, it did not have any cage to stop the risk of falling, it only had the seats and the safety chain as protection.  





Maintenance of rides are checked by the maintenance staff daily to make sure they are safe to operate before the park opens. The maintenance staff then need to sign and get the manager to check the rides to see if they are safe to operate. If a strange noise is heard while a ride is in operation it the staff member on duty needs to  document it, and tell maintence to check it before the park opens the next day.


It is recorded that more than 260 Australian die as a result of work related injuries and over 135 000 are seriously injured every year. Dreamworld is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment. A safe, health, low risk, quality work environment, for all visitors and contractors so the number of potential injuries can be reduced.




Dreamworld has its own Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) statement; “Our goal is to incorporate safety and environmental best practice into all of our everyday world practices.”


All of their employees are expected to observe safe work practices and adhere to the Company’s occupational health and safety rules and procedures. Dreamworlds occupational health and safety rules and procedures are as followed.



  1. To safely comply with the instructions given for (WHS) Workplace health and safety by employer;

  2. To use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where it is provided and to ensure you have been properly instructed in how to use it;

  3. Not wilfully or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided for workplace health and safety at work;

  4. Not wilfully place at risk the (WHS)workplace health and safety of any person at work

  5. Not wilfully injure yourself.

Staff Safety Gear 


Dreamworld provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards.


  • hearing protective devices, such as earmuffs and


  • earplugseye and face protection, such as goggles


  • safety helmets and sun hats


  •  gloves and safety boots


  •  clothing such as high visibility vests

Aussie world and Dreamworld have to stick by set height rules for individual rides, in their folders which also contain how many people can go on each ride at one time.


Rides are regularly inspected every 12 months, however for rides that are older like the roller coaster at Aussie World which is  65yrs old and which is made of wood, needs maintenance every 6 - 12 months. During electrical storms all high rise rides need to be close for safety reasons, for example ferris wheels, roller coasters, the plunge and the red back at Aussie World.


Dreamworld is home to some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world. Therefor ensuring the safety of guests, staff and contractors is important.


Ride Safety

WHS Policies


As part of demonstrating the work effort in an organization, PCBUs must have a documented WHS Policy which outlines the business commitment to workplace health and safety. The police should be displayed somewhere within the workplace where all employees can see it and be made aware of it’s existence.


Example of a policy below:

An example of major risk area in regard to the health and safety of workers include:



Examples are shown below:

Risk Management



 The risk management process:



The types of emergencies that may occur or have occurred in Dreamworld include:

Emergency Produres

Dreamworld conducts fire drill / bomb drills every 3 - 6 months

Dreamworld is home to some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world. Ensuring the safety of guests, staff and contractors is important. Rides are maintained to prevent accidents and minimise risks daily and annually.


Ride Safety 

Safety Signs


Safety signs, symbols and coloured marking are a method of recognizing hazards within a workplace; for example, Yellow lines are often painted at the top of steps to ensure they can be seen. This however is not a physical control, they are more of an administrative control which is compulsory by law, it states that known hazards must be identified.


Examples of safety signs:                                                                                                                      Danger Sign - Is featured inside a                                                 red oval, which in turn is inside a black                                             rectangle. When a hazard or hazardous                                             condition is likely  to be life threatening.


                                        Hazchem Sign - Used when dangerous                                           goods are stored or being transported.



                                International Safety Sign -  Many safety signs                                 are  identified world wide, these signs are                                         most suited to areas where language barriers                                  or impaired reading ability is a common thing.


Hazard inspection and reporting flowchart:


Safety Training And Supervision







First Aid