PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND SURFACING STANDARDS

WHAT ARE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND SURFACING STANDARDS?

The Australian Standards for Playground Equipment and Surfacing are an advisory set of guidelines that are not regulatory on their own, standards are voluntary;

  • Are a national recommendation on minimum requirements for best practice
  • Are not mandatory for public and private play areas
  • Playgrounds provided by schools and childcare centers usually have to comply with policies under the State or Territory relevant Department of education or equivalent
  • Although not mandatory, may (highly likely) be referred to in court action against providers of play equipment
  • Cover specific guidelines on design, installation, inspection, and maintenance
  • A playground owner has a duty of care to all users and visitors and a reasonable standard of care should be applied to the playground to prevent injury or loss.

There is no requirement for the public to comply with the Standards. However, State and Commonwealth Governments often refer to Australian Standards (AS) or joint Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZ) in their legislation.

When this happens, these standards can become mandatory. In addition, Australian Standards are sometimes incorporated into legal documents, and considered as a ‘benchmark of acceptability’.

PSIA conducts its operations in accordance with the Australian Standard, “Best Practice” and Occupational Health & Safety Act.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND SURFACING?

  • AS 16630:2021 Permanently installed outdoor fitness equipment – Safety requirements and test methods (EN 16630:2015, MOD)
  • AS 4422:2016 Playground Surfacing – Specifications, requirements and test method (Revision of AS/NZS4422:1996)
  • AS 4685.0:2017 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 0: Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation (Revision of AS/NZS4486.1:1997)
  • AS 4685.1:2021 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 1: General safety requirements and test methods (EN 1176-1:2017 MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.1:2014)
  • AS 4685.2:2021 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 2: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for swings (EN 1176-2:2017 MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.2:2014)
  • AS 4685.3:2021 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 3: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for slides (EN 1176-3:2017 MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.3:2014)
  • AS 4685.4:2021 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 4: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for cableways (EN 1176-4:2017 MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.4:2014)
  • AS 4685.5:2021 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 5: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for carousels (EN 1176-1:2017 MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.5:2014)
  • AS 4685.6:2021 Playground equipment and surfacing. Part 6: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for rocking equipment (EN 1176-6:2017 MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.6:2014)
  • AS 4685.11:2014 Playground equipment. Part 11: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for spatial network (EN 1176-11:2008, MOD) (Revision of AS 4685.11:2012)

 

The above are all available for purchase directly from Standards Australia https://infostore.saiglobal.com/en-au/