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INSPECTIONS

Low Frequency Inspections

Perhaps our most vital service, low-frequency inspections can be performed weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually from a certified playground safety inspector, depending on your needs. During an examination, we inspect each playground inventory item for issues that could create a hazardous play environment, as well as structural integrity, proper use zones, safety surfacing, entanglements and entrapments, exposed footers, loose or missing hardware and excessive wear or damage.

Upon completion, we enter all findings on our exclusive software system, and send you a detailed report, including digital photos and estimates to repair all equipment defects, damage or hazards.

Safety inspections include an assessment of compliance with ASTM F1487: Standard Consumer Safety Perfor­mance Specification for Playground Equipment and The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook for Public Play­ground Safety.

 

Audits

Usually performed once in the lifetime of a playground, an audit verifies that each playground component complies with all applicable standards of the American Society for Testing & Materials (F1487-07 specifications) and the CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety. Conducted on new or substantially renovated playgrounds, an audit attests that the playground and equipment pose no serious or life-threatening situations. After the audit, our certified playground safety inspectors enter data on our online Park Protector software system for secure, long-term storage plus provide a full report prioritized by risk.

 

ADA Assessments

An ADA assessment assures your park and playground meet the minimum required standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Each assessment confirms that the playground incorporates an accessible route to the play area, safety surfacing for correct use zones, turning spaces and composite structure platforms, multiple elevated and ground play events, sensory and communicative components, and guardrails and barriers.

When finished, we log all information on our proprietary software system, and provide a full report assessing the playground’s ability to meet ADA standards.

Playground Training

Many communities, neighborhoods and school districts prefer to maintain and manage their own parks and playgrounds. However, because staff members work with a limited number of systems, they’re not always aware of the latest safety protocols. If needed, one of our certified playground safety inspectors can work with your department to develop an in-house playground maintenance and inspection program, plus training for:

Proper documentation and record-keeping

  • Playground safety and inspections
  • Playground maintenance
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) playground trends
  • Equipment usage and repairs
  • New surface materials and impact testing techniques