Project Completion Assessment & Certificate

Certified two-part post installation assessment and certification process ideal for

New School, Early Childhood and Council Play Areas

Why certify Play areas?

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 play areas bear the burden of proof in the event of a life changing injury or death, failure to identify risk and comply with standards may be cause for negligence, blame and ultimately fault.

Playsafe's comprehensive inspection services is designed for identifying and reporting hazards in any play area. It provides verification and assurance that all hazards and non-compliance's are identified to the NZS5828:2015 by a independent certified third-party. We provide inspection directly for Schools, Councils, Early Childhood, Manufacturers, Builders, Landscape Architects, Interior designers and Installers.


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.​

Project Completion Certificate

Playsafe offers a unique and exclusive two-part compliance process for new play area projects:

The Certified Playground Compliance Audit & Certificate provides verification and assurance that your playground meets the requirements of the NZS5828:2015 safety standard. This includes a comprehensive compliance assessment of your play area followed by a Compliance & Acceptable Risk Assessment Certificate. (*provided once any remaining hazards are identified and deemed or reduced to, no greater than acceptable 'Low' risk)


Part 1: Assessment

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

  • 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 2: Certification

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.


Note: 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).


Sample Assesment

Sample 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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