The safety of playground equipment and its suitability for use depends on regular inspections and maintenance. Inadequate maintenance of equipment can lead to injuries. Did you know that falls from playground equipment are the largest hazard associated with playground use? The Public Playground Safety Handbook (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Publication #325) provides safety information and guidelines for public playground equipment.
ASTM International has developed voluntary technical manufacturing standards for public use playground equipment, surfacing, and fencing. These standards are developed to help manufacturers produce the safest equipment possible. When purchasing playground equipment and surfacing, documentation should be obtained.
The ASTM standards are required to have been met by the manufacturer, and products are required to be tested. A copy of these standards may be purchased from ASTM International by calling 877-909-2786 or visiting https://www.astm.org/
F1292 Impact Attenuation of Surfacing
F 355 Surfacing Impact Testing
F1487 Playground Equipment for Public Use (Ages 2 - 12)
F1816 Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing
F1918 Soft Contained Play Equipment
F1951 Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment
F2075 Engineered Wood Fiber
F2223 Playground Surfacing Standard
F2373 Public Use Play Equipment for Children 6 Months through 23 Months
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