Outdoor Gym Equipment In Public Places - Maintenance
(as from January 1st 2009)
Your Authorised Installer will ensure that you understand the maintenance check list process explained below and will assist you in its initial implementation.
Outdoor gym equipment is largely maintenance free and limited experience, due to the newness of the concept, has shown us that there may be some issues with ‘movable’ equipment especially if they are excessively used by participants.
You are required to maintain a record of maintenance. Use a memo book or include this information in your regular maintenance check list records. If you already inspect children’s playground equipment you should have this type of information because the maintenance process is similar.
Firstly make a list of each item which has been installed and beside each have several columns with headings in which you can ‘tick off’ as you inspect. A sheet full of ticks will mean that everything is in order. In the last wider column make room for your own comments if maintenance is required. Duplicate your original page so that each page becomes a monthly inspection sheet. At the top of each page include the site name (there could be numerous sites), date of inspection, inspector’s name and contact details. You may already have a process where you show your record sheet to your own Supervisor.
In your columns include but do not be limited to the following headings (not every heading applies to all equipment items):
1. bolts and fasteners secure,
2. steel frame in tact,
3. cracks not evident,
4. deterioration not evident,
5. rubber stoppers not worn,
6. rust not evident,
7. ground surface safe,
8. graffiti not evident,
9. signage legible,
10. last column: maintenance requests,
11. Supervisor’s signature? Please note:
Immediately replace any damaged components with new parts, taking care not to crack plastic safety covers when checking components.
With movable items, annually remove bearings and lubricate with appropriate grease.
Obtain spare parts only from your Authorised Installer.
Frequency of maintenance checks is dependent on level of use, vandalism, coastal location and mechanical complexity of an item but monthly checks are generally recommended.