Maintenance and Safety
Suggested Weekly Maintenance and Safety Check List PDF 69kb
Outdoor Play Environment and Equipment PDF 235kb
Minimum soft fall distance from equipment PDF 43kb
With playground equipment it is a good idea to set up a maintenance inspection program to ensure that it remains in good working condition.
Playground equipment is usually very popular and will have heavy usage for most of its life. The safe operation of the equipment and early detection of any problems through a maintenance program will ensure the safety of the children using the equipment. Any minor repairs must be recorded and fixed as soon as possible.
Environmental factors such as salt air may cause damage to steel components and care should be taken to ensure that any corrosion is monitored and necessary repairs are undertaken.
Carefully inspect for damaged or stolen parts and remove broken glass and other harmful debris.
With normal use of the play equipment over time, certain items may start to show signs of wear. Carefully inspect all moving parts, chain links, welds, brackets and bolts and replace any mission or damaged items.
The softfall area should be monitored to ensure the depth of loose softfall is adequate, level and does not contain contaminants.
Keep a daily or at the very least a weekly record in a notebook of your inspections for insurance purposes.
With regular inspections and prompt attention you can ensure that your equipment stays in good condition and the children can enjoy many years of fun in safety.
The following information is given as a guide only to the maintenance program that is required for your playground equipment. It is a simple guide and must be used as a starting point. It is by no means complete. Every playground is different and a checklist should relate to your own playground.
We suggest you make a folder or notebook with columns using this information and other information you will collate. Constantly add to your checklist as you become more aware.
Remember you are doing it for the safety of the children.
1. Check that your softfall area is free of debris and contamination, and that no "dishing out' of your loose softfall material has occurred. Remove any foreign objects.
1. Check for vandalism and for any damaged or missing parts. In the event of any damage, isolate the play equipment until repairs have been carried out.
1. Check that the softfall is at the recommended depth of at least 250mm and top up if necessary.
2. Check that any borders are secure in the ground, do not constitute trip points and have no rough or sharp edges.
1. Check all fasteners and tighten and replace any that are missing.
2. Check all uprights and components are secure in the ground, and that no footings are showing through the softfall.
3. Check steel play equipment for rust and corrosion. All metal play equipment will show some signs of breakdown over time, and a marine environment may exacerbate this.
Replace any badly corroded parts.
4. Check timber equipment for splintering, cracking and warping. Replace any damaged items.
5. Check all moving parts for excessive wear, and replace any worn items.
6. Check all chain links for wear and replace any damaged items.
7. Check for any bending or cracking of steel components and replace where necessary.
8. Check all paintwork and touch up any areas that are worn or chipped.
Check the area for overgrown bushes or hazards that may have intruded into the play area over time.
On an annual basis have your equipment inspected by an independent assessor.
Contact us for further information.