Playground Equipment and Surfacing Standards
An Essential Guide to NZS 5828:2015

This standards guide summarise’s the main requirements of the NZS5828:2015 standard for the purposes of supporting inspecting, repairing, planning or replacing play areas. Great for Councils, Schools, Early Childhood facilities and other interested parties.


The guide consists of information as follows:


Two main standards for playground equipment were used which includes implementation of EN 1176 Parts 1 - 7 and 10 - 11:2008 and EN 1177:2008. The standard also includes an adoption of BS 7188:1998+A2:2009.


NZS 5825:2015 Playground Equipment and Surfacing - Parts

Part 1: General safety requirements and test methods.

Part 2: Specific safety requirements and test methods for swings.
Part 3: Specific safety requirements and test methods for slides.
Part 4: Specific safety requirements and test methods for cableways.
Part 5: Specific safety requirements and test methods for carousels.
Part 6: Specific safety requirements and test methods for rocking equipment.
Part 7:Guidance for installation, inspection, maintenance and operation.
Part 10: Fully Enclosed Play Equipment is outside the scope of this document.
Part 11: Specific safety requirements and test methods for spatial networks.

Appendix A: Early Childhood Education Services / Movable Play Equipment

Appendix B: Overheaf Upper body equipment

BS EN 1177:2008 Impact Attenuating Playground Surfacing Determination of Critical Fall Height. BS 7188:1998+A2:2009 Impact Absorbing Playground Surfaces: Performance Requirements and Test Methods.

EN1177 solely concerns the testing of impact absorbing surfaces.

All other requirements and recommendations have been transferred to NZS 5825:2015.

The NZS 5828:2015 / EN 1176 Playground Standard

The standard is intended to promote and encourage the provision and use of playgrounds that are well designed, well constructed, well maintained, innovative, and challenging.


Play is essential to the healthy development of children. Through independent or cooperative play, children are able to learn about themselves and their environment, while stimulating their creative, emotional, and physical development.

Children interact with playground equipment in a way that will vary depending on the child's age and level of development. The primary aim of any playground should be to stimulate a child’s imagination, provide excitement and adventure in safe surroundings, and allow scope for children to develop their own ideas of play. Ideally playgrounds should encourage development of motor skills and present users with manageable challenges to develop physical skills and to find and test their limits.


The Standard recognizes the developmental importance of play and risk. It is felt that children need to experience risk and the Standard is designed to prevent injuries with a disabling or fatal consequence. It cannot remove all possibility of injury. Parental or care-giver supervision is crucial in reducing injuries to children.



The interpretations within this guide are those of Playsafe Consulting Ltd. Other interpretations are possible. Where there is a question or dispute, reference should be made to the published Standard available from Standards New Zealand. Playsafe does not accept any responsibility for use or incorrect application of standards information within this document.

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