Design Review & Certification

Playsafe offers a comprehensive compliance review of your playground plan and provides a considerations report to NZS5828:2015. Once your project is constructed we complete the process with final physical inspection and issue a certificate for your compliant play area. Very popular for Early Childhood, Schools, Councils and Commercial Interior Play Projects.

Why certify new Playgrounds?

In the event of a serious playground injury, fundamental and baseline compliance with the NZS5828 is the first evidence requirement. Manufacturers, owners and operators of playgrounds bear the burden of proof in the event of a life changing injury or death and failure to identify risk and comply with standards may be cause for fault, blame and negligence.

The Playsafe playground assessment and certificate process is designed for any interested party involved in a play area project or build. It provides verification and assurance that the play area meets the NZS5828:2015 by a independent certified third-party. The inspection also provides a quality-control check for manufacturers that helps mitigate future non-compliance liabilities. This process can be engaged directly by Schools, Councils, Early Childhood or by Playground Manufacturers, Builders, Landscape Architects, Interior designers and Installers.


Our inspectors are independent, certified, police vetted and carry professional indemnity insurance for playground professional services. Our playground reporting services are recommended by MoE, ERO and Local Government throughout New Zealand.​

Play Area Design Review Process

Playsafe offers a unique and exclusive three-part design review and certified compliance process for new play area projects:

Playsafe offers a comprehensive compliance review of your concept playground plan and provides a considerations report to NZS5828:2015. Once your project is constructed we complete the process with final physical inspection and issue a certificate for your compliant play area.


Part 1: Design Review

A comprehensive certified review of your play area design, plans or concepts with consideration to NZS:5828:2015 playground Standard including ECE appendix A Supervised ECE if required - The desktop review is designed to identify and mitigate potential non-compliance's and subsequently costly rework. Review includes a letter of considerations to NZS5828:2015 and EN1177.


Review typically includes:

Includes design review, letter and supporting information, including:

  • Design review of play area plan, sketches, concepts including all landscaping features

  • Provide letter of considerations to NZS5828:2015 and ECE appendix A Supervised ECE if applicable

  • Provide supporting standards information

  • Provide digital copy of Playsafe Essential Standards Guide NZS5828:2015


Part 2: Physical Assessment

Once you have constructed or installed your new play area, our L3 Certified RPII Play Inspector will visit and assess your play area for compliance to NZS5828:2015. Consideration within the inspection is given to structural stability, non-compliance due to body entrapment's, falling spaces, impact areas, freespace, materials and finishes. The inspection also includes product quality control, construction workmanship and general hazards assessed to NZS5828:2015 Standard. A comprehensive digital report document is issued.

​Assessment Includes:

  • Comprehensive hazard inspection

  • Structural stability check

  • Compliance audit to NZS:5828;2015 / Appendix A Supervised ECE if applicable

  • Dimensional Entrapment - Probe & gauge check (head, neck, torso, leg & fingers + chain, dim gap and projections)

  • Fallzone / falling spaces, impact areas and freespace and

  • Free height of fall and Critical Fall height check

  • Inspection of all play equipment, landscaping features within play area

  • Inspection of all materials & finishing

  • Inspection of play safety surface (depth check for loosefill / visual for synthetic)

  • Risk assessment and recommendations

  • *Surface Impact Fall height testing (additional if required)

The report includes photos, risk assessment and recommendations for every finding identified. Our play inspections reports are unique, both comprehensive, practical and are a solution focused working document.

Part 3: Certificate

Issue 'Certificate of Compliance & Acceptable Risk'. The final certificate is issued on the basis that the play area meets a technical compliance and/or acceptable risk assessment.


Should unacceptable hazards be identified during assessment, the client can then undertake all practicable action to resolve or reduce the hazard to acceptable 'Low" Risk.

Any non-compliance identified within the physical inspection report will include an individual risk value. Playsafe will issue the final Certificate only once evidence of any remaining hazards within the report are deemed no greater than acceptable 'Low' risk.


Playsafe does not require second inspection to verify this, but must receive photo evidence of hazard resolution or risk reduction to issue the certificate. (reduction of risk assessment and certificate issue subject to the final satisfaction of Playsafe).


Part 1: Design Review

Part 2: Physical Inspection

Part 3: Compliance Certificate

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Standards Guide

A Guide to the NZS5828:2015 Playground Standard

Have questions about playground safety? Want to learn more about the New Zealand Playground Standard or would you like to easily search answers when you have a question? Get your copy of the Unofficial Playsafe Standards Guide today!

The Playsafe essential Guide to NZS 5828:2015 Playground Equipment & Surfacing Standard. (Electronic pdf copy). This standards guide contains the main requirements of the NZS 5828:2015 and is Ideal for any interested person including Schools, Early Childhood, Councils and any owners or operators of playgrounds and play areas and surfacing.

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