A. Playground inspections are essential for protecting both the children on the playground and protecting the owner/operator from expensive litigation.
Q. When is a playground inspection necessary?
A. Low frequency inspections should be performed at least annually. We perform low frequency inspections. High frequency inspections may be required as frequently as twice a week. This depends on several factors including, usage, equipment age, season, etc. High frequency inspections are generally performed by the facility staff.
Q. What is the difference between a playground audit and a playground inspection?
A. An audit establishes that you are in compliance with the current standard of care. An inspection determines that you are maintaining the current standard of care.
Q. What is the current standard of care?
A. The current standard of care is based on two documents. The first is a standard from the American Society of Testing and Materials International; this is the Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use. This is also known as ASTM F1487. The second is from the Consumer Products Safety Commission and is the Handbook for Public Playground Safety. Often this is referred to as Publication 325.
Q. When is a playground audit necessary?
A. An audit should be performed when no audit or inspection has been done and when the standard of care changes. We perform audits.
Q. When is certification necessary?
A. The State of New Jersey requires all public playgrounds be certified.
Q. Do you need to visit the site prior to the inspection?
Q. What laws affect playgrounds?
A. Playground laws are both state and federal. State laws vary from state to state and generally relate to safety. Federal laws relate to accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Q. Do you make repairs?
A. No. We do not perform maintenance. We do not sell equipment. We do not sell materials. To perform any of these functions and to inspect/audit the very same playgrounds is a potential for a conflict of interest for our customers. A potential conflict of interest exposes our clients to an unnecessary risk that we make sure you avoid.
Q. Are you licensed?
A. All of our inspectors are Certified Playground Safety Inspectors certified by the National Recreation & Park Association. This is a national certification applicable to all states.