Play Area Inspection Services

Our inspection services are independent, certified, confidential, police vetted and we carry professional indemnity insurance for professional services. Our play area reporting services are recommended by MoE, ERO and Local Government throughout New Zealand. We provide play area inspection for Council Parks, Schools, Early Childhood and Commercial Playgrounds to the

EN 1176, NZS5828 and AS 4685 Playground equipment and surfacing standards throughout Australasia.

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Playsafe offers a range of specialist play inspection services. Our play inspections and reports are unique, both comprehensive, practical and are a solutions focused working document. The following are our core inspection options:

Inspections recommended by the EN1176, NZS5828 Playground Equipment & Surfacing Standard.


1. New Playgrounds – On completion of a new playground, an independent post-installation inspection should be carried out by a certified inspector to assess compliance with the relevant parts EN1176, NZS5828:2015.


2. Existing Playgrounds - an annual main inspection should be carried out by an independent certified inspector to establish the overall level of safety of equipment, foundations, and surfaces. This inspection will also consider decay, corrosion, wear & tear, compliance, and repairs. A timber condition and degradation test for single post reliant equipment is also recommended with this inspection.

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Playground Safety Inspections – Compliance and Risk Assessment Requirements

Playgrounds are an opportunity for children to develop motor, cognitive, perceptual, and social skills as well as provide physical challenges. Unfortunately, playgrounds are often the sites of avoidable injuries that have resulted in serious harm. Many of these unintentional injuries can be easily avoided by certified safety inspection and meeting basic compliance obligations.


In the event of a serious playground injury, baseline compliance with the NZS5828:2015 is the first evidence requirement. Owners and operators of play areas have a duty of care and bear the burden of proof in the event of a life changing injury or death. The owner is legally responsible and failure to identify risk and comply with the NZS5828 Standard may be cause for negligence, blame, and ultimately fault.


The purpose of the NZS5828 Playground Safety Standard aims to protect children from serious harm, permanent disability, or death. The technical provisions within the standard are based on decades of injury data and accident patterns that have been observed in the child population around the world. Certified playground Inspection is essential to user safety and compliance and regular maintenance in accordance with the standard will help minimise the risk exponentially.


A key opportunity for playground injury prevention is comprehensive inspection by certified experts, followed by modification or correction of hazards and ongoing maintenance of playground equipment and ensuring surfacing impact performance.


Whether your play area is old or new, it is important to engage a certified L3 Inspector for assessing safety and compliance which will ensure that any hazards and non-compliance's are identified well before failure and injury.