School Playground Safety & Compliance Inspection
Certified Level 3 Annual Playground Inspection for existing School Playgrounds / Play Areas
School Playground Inspection - Safety & Compliance Audit
Certified playground inspection & report. This is a very comprehensive inspection that identifies any wear & tear, structural stability, safety and entrapment compliance issues with your playgrounds and report that provides a useful working document to plan repairs, maintenance, compliance upgrades or long-term replacement of your play area/s.
The inspection includes a site visit and electronic report that includes photos, risk assessment and recommendations for every ﬁnding.
NZS5828 / EN1176 Standards Compliance Assessment + Appendix A Supervised ECE Education if applicable
Annual main inspection as per NZS5828:2015
Entrapment Probe check (head, neck, torso, leg & fingers)
General Health & Safety Hazards
Component Wear & tear, moving and static parts
Fallzones, Free Height of Fall, Falling Spaces
Materials, projections, protrusions and finishes
Inspection of all play equipment
Inspection of play safety surface (depth check for loosefill / visual for synthetic)
Photos, Risk Assessment and Recommendations
Popular with Ministry of education, MoE, ERO, Schools, Councils, Landscape Architects, ECE Supervised Early Childhood.
Playground injuries are the leading cause of injury to children ages 5 to 14 in schools.
Lack of supervision is associated with 40 percent of playground injuries. A recent study found that children play without adult supervision more often on school playgrounds (32 percent of the time) than playgrounds in parks (22 percent). Approximately 58% of playground injuries requiring medical attention occur in Schools and are most common among children between 5-9 yrs girls and 10-14 yrs boys. Most common injury times occur between 12pm -4pm.
The most common causes of medical attention from playgrounds is injury suffered from falling-Approximately 70 percent of playground equipment-related injuries involve falls to the surface, and 10 percent involve falls onto equipment. Either to inadequate surfacing or onto hard objects. The most common injury Is long-bone fractures (arms & legs) which are most common from
upperbody overhead activities such as monkey bars, monorails etc. This is generally due to the height of the bars and the quality of the surface below.
Protective surfacing under and around playground equipment can reduce the severity of and even prevent playground fall-related injuries. The risk of injury in a fall onto a nonimpact absorbing surface such as asphalt or concrete is more than twice that of falling onto an impact-absorbing surface.
Much emphasis and effort is being placed on increasing physical activity among children as it promotes good health and prevents obesity. Play is also important in the development of social behaviour, enabling children to interact with their peers. However, with this increase in physical activity and play, there is also an increase in the risk of injury. It is therefore necessary to ensure that safety measures are taken to prevent these injuries.