Playground safety inspections cannot prevent injuries from occurring on playgrounds and playground equipment but an playground inspection can minimize the potential hazards and risks that contribute to playground-related accidents. Managers and operators of commercial playgrounds should routinely have their playgrounds inspected by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI); a CPSI can identify safety issues before they become big problems.
Thorough, well- trained, and insured, Trassig’s CPSIs conduct safety inspections and audits throughout New England for school, municipal, church, managed-property, government, and day-care playground facilities. A Trassig safety inspection offers you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your playgrounds comply with current ASTM and CPSC standards.
How a playground safety inspection is done:
- a playground safety inspection is scheduled with Trassig Corp.
- A certified playground inspector (CPSI) shows up to you playground and meets with you to go over the sites that need to be inspected.
- The inspector explains to you the scope of the inspection and clarifies that the inspection results can only be shared with you ‘the owner/operator’ of the playground.
- The playground inspector may ask for documentation pertaining to playground equipment/surfacing
- The playground inspector uses gauges and probes outlined by CPSC and ASTM to inspect the playground equipment.
- The playground inspector takes lots of pictures of the equipment, particularly of pieces that are non-compliant.
- The playground inspector writes a report that prioritizes all the hazards found, together with pictures showing the hazards and ways to mitigate the problems.
- The playground inspector is available to answer questions or go into more details about ways to improve the playground and make it safer for the kids.
Profile of a good playground safety inspector
- Trained and certified by the NRPA
- Has at least 5 years experience inspecting playgrounds in multiple contexts (daycare centers, Park and rec, HOA…etc)
- Up to date with the latest ASTM and CPSC standards
- Familiar with playground installation procedures
- Familiar with the major manufacturers of playground equipment and therefore aware of current safety recalls and issues
- Ethical, discreet, and neutral.
- Writes detailed reports in a way that makes the non compliant aspects of the playground crystal clear
- Acts as a resource to the playground owner/operator advising them on the best way to mitigate the problems that the inspection reveals.
Tips for Playground Safety
- Make sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 12 inches of engineered wood fiber, rubberized mulch, sand, or pea gravel, with safety mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials..
- Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment.
- For swings, be sure surfacing extends(back to front), at least twice the height to the suspending bar.
- Make sure play structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart.
- Check for dangerous hardware, like open “S”hooks or protruding bolt ends.
- Make sure spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs, measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.
- Check for sharp points or edges in equipment.
- Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, rocks, and exposed geo-fabric.
- Make sure elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls.
- Check playgrounds regularly to see that equipment and surfacing are in good condition.
- Supervise children on playgrounds at all times.
Please visit our playground inspection page for further information and pricing.