What is the purpose of the playground Handbook?

What is the purpose of the playground Handbook?

This handbook is intended for use by childcare personnel, school officials, parks and recreation personnel, equipment purchasers and installers, playground designers, and any other members of the general public (e.g., parents and school groups) concerned with public playground safety and inter- ested in evaluating their respective playgrounds.

When did the CPSC public playground safety Handbook come out?

December 29, 2015 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC” or “Commission”) Public Playground Safety Handbookwas first published in 1981 under the name A Handbook for Public Playground Safety.

What are the general guidelines for the classification of playground equipment?

Most playground equipment belongs in one of the categories listed above. If it does not, the following general recommen- dations should be applied: • The fall height of a piece of playground equipment is the distance between the highest designated playing surface and the protective surface beneath it.

Is there a general checklist for routine inspections of public play grounds?

If manufacturer-provided inspection guide- lines are not available, a general checklist that may be used as a guide for frequent routine inspections of public play- grounds is included at Appendix A. This is intended to address only general maintenance concerns.


What are the accessibility guidelines for play areas?

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Boards – also referred to as the “Access Board” – has devel – oped accessibility guidelines for newly constructed and altered play areas that were published October 2000. The play area guidelines are a supplement to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).

Does the CPSC have a rule for playgrounds?

Because many factors may affect playground safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff believes that guidelines, rather than a mandatory rule, are appropriate. These guidelines are not being issued as the sole method to minimize injuries associated with playground equipment.