Safety

Create a safe haven for the imagination

Each year, over 200,000 children in the United States alone visit the emergency room due to playground-related accidents. Your local Playworld Systems representative will help you properly plan for playground safety to ensure your new playground will not contribute to the statistics.

Playground safety starts at the surface
Seventy-five percent of playground injuries are a result of a fall on an unforgiving or poorly maintained playground surface, so surfacing is the first step to playground safety. We'll walk you through your options to make sure you get the right surface for your community.
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Choose equipment that meets playground safety guidelines
With Playworld Systems, you'll receive the peace of mind that comes with knowing our equipment will be designed to meet or exceed both U.S. and international guidelines for safety, including the following:

  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
    The CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety (Pub No. 325) serves as the reference for the entire playground industry. Download a free copy from their web site. www.CPSC.gov
     
  • American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)
    The ASTM is one of the largest voluntary standard-setting organizations in the world. Their guidelines on playground safety, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (F-1487), is available for purchase on their web site. www.ASTM.org
     
  • European Norm (EN)
    The European Norm EN1176 is the accepted playground safety standard for most of Europe and some other countries.
     
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
    The The CSA's Guideline on Children's Play Spaces and Equipment (Standard CAN/CSA-Z614-07) contains technical recommendations for playground safety, and is available for purchase on their web site. www.CSAgroup.org
     
  • Singapore Standard
    Widely used throughout Asia and based primarily on ASTM standards, the Singapore Standard SS 457:1999 (ICS 97.200.40) establishes acceptable performance standards for playground equipment and recommends technical specifications for all major playground safety issues. www.spring.gov.sg
     
  • Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
    We are proud of the fact that we're in full compliance with the material, testing and reporting requirements. Not only are we below the lead content in paint and substrate limits of this Act, we have eliminated 99.999% of PVCs and extended the restrictions on phthalates to all types, not just the six phthalates indicated in Section 108 of this Act.

    By restricting all phthalates to the limits of Section 108, we have gone above & beyond the requirements, and taken an extra step in alleviating health concerns regarding phthalates. We've also taken an authentic approach in saving the environment for future generations by eliminating 99.999% of PVCs from our products and the associated environmental concerns about dioxins potentially created during its manufacture and disposal. Learn about our green initiatives.
     
To learn more about any of these guidelines, visit the organization online or contact your local Playworld Systems representative.

Post risk management signage
Different age groups have different recreational abilities and playground safety needs. Playworld Systems makes it easy to ensure playground safety for all ages with prominent playground rules and age-designation signs.

Perform regular maintenance
Ensure playground safety for years to come with a documented maintenance program that includes regular equipment inspections. Keep a log of all inspections and repairs, which will be particularly important in the event of any warranty or accident issues. And with the installation of select playsystems, you'll receive a custom maintenance kit that includes a personalized equipment maintenance program, graffiti remover touch-up paint, basic replacement parts and more.

Playground audit guide
This guide will help you identify the pieces of your playground that are not ASTM/CPSC compliant. Download your FREE copy now.
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