Playground Inspector Levels
The first day a new public playground opens for use is generally the last time that the playground owner/operation can feel somewhat confident that the entire area is safe and hazard free.
The first day also marks the beginning of the playground’s routine, operational and preventative maintenance history. This includes timely inspections – and ultimately renovations and perhaps repairs – plus the continued compliance to current industry safety guidelines and standards.
Every playground should be assessed and inspected for Compliance and Safety.
All the following information is from Standards Australia – AS 4685.0:2017 development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation.
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A visual inspection is intended to identify obvious hazards that can result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions. This inspection shall be carried out regularly. The inspection frequency should take into account local conditions, frequency of use and the manufacturer’s instructions. Playgrounds subject to heavy use or prone to vandalism, may require daily inspection. Any potential hazardous situations shall be reported and/or rectified immediately.
Reference: 3.25 routine visual inspection pg. 14
A routine visual inspection shall be carried out regularly or daily (if heavily used or prone to vandalism) where obvious hazards are identified which may be from normal use, vandalism and/or weather conditions.
Routine Visual Inspections include identifying and reporting on (but not limited too):
- debris in the playground that may be hazardous, such as broken glass, needles or animal fouling;
- loose-fill surfacing levels that are at inadequate levels;
- damage to unitary surfacing;
- equipment that is broken or missing as a result of use or vandalism;
- the condition of ancillary items, such as barbecues, tables, rubbish bins, etc.;
- dead or damaged overhanging branches that may potentially fall onto the playground.