Department Seeking Public Input on Zip Line Safety Regulations
June 7, 2018
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is seeking recommendations from the public regarding the adoption of construction and inspection standards for zip lines. The department’s Mechanical Inspection section is charged with protecting public safety through the regulation of recreational devices such as zip lines. Affected zip line operators, industry experts, and members of the public are encouraged to participate in a meeting to engage stakeholders prior to the development of industry-specific safety regulations.
The Association for Challenge Course Technology, in partnership with the American National Standards Institute, has developed a nationally recognized standard for zip line construction. The department is seeking feedback from industry stakeholders regarding state adoption of those construction standards for zip lines.
The department is also seeking industry feedback and public discussion of the appropriate level of qualification for zip line inspectors. The Association for Challenge Course Technology Inspector Level I or II are under consideration as the official standard for zip line inspectors.
The public meeting to discuss zip line safety regulations will be held at noon on Thursday, July 12 at the department’s Mechanical Inspection office located at 1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 113 in Anchorage. Interested parties are encouraged to register for the meeting, as relevant materials will be distributed in advance.
To register or to obtain information about how to participate in the meeting telephonically, please contact Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov or call (907) 269-4929. For those who are unable to participate in the meeting but would like to submit comments or questions, please email William.Harlan@alaska.gov.
After evaluating public interest and stakeholder feedback, the department may proceed with a formal regulation process. Public comments will also be accepted at that time.