Code of Maryland Regulations
Chapter 09.12.63 - Water Slides Erected Permanently or Temporarily in the State - Control of Operation

Universal Citation: MD Code Reg Control of Operation

A. The owner of a water slide shall:

(1) Provide a sufficient number of attendants, at least two, to ensure:

(a) Positive control of the water slide and each flume when in operation; and

(b) That sliders comply with posted signs;

(2) When determining the requisite number of attendants, take into account the:

(a) Design and type of slide;

(b) Proximity of the flumes; and

(c) Number of sliders.

B. Each water slide attendant shall be trained in:

(1) The use and function of water slide equipment which the attendant may operate;

(2) Procedures for slide operations and slider control;

(3) The directions to sliders which are posted; and

(4) The water slide's general emergency plan.

C. At least one attendant shall be a dispatcher who is:

(1) Trained in accordance with § B of this regulation;

(2) In the immediate vicinity of the top of the slide during operation of the water slide; and

(3) Responsible for:

(a) Controlling crowds and sliders starting from the top of the water slide;

(b) Controlling the timing of each slider on the slide; and

(c) Supervising all visible portions of the flume.

D. At least one attendant shall be a splash pool supervisor who is:

(1) Trained in accordance with § B of this regulation;

(2) Qualified in life saving techniques through Red Cross training or its equivalent;

(3) In the immediate vicinity of the splash pool during operation of the slide; and

(4) In direct control of sliders in the splash pool by:

(a) Keeping sliders moving into and out of the splash pool in a quick and orderly manner; and

(b) Controlling any horseplay, running, or unsafe behavior in the lower flumes, the splash pool, and the pool deck.

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