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Playground Safety. Ed Stallard Certified Playground Safety Inspector Mesa Public Schools. The playground…. The place where children run, laugh, take risks and explore the possibilities The place where imagination and spontaneity rule the moment

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Playground safety

Playground Safety

Ed Stallard

Certified Playground Safety Inspector

Mesa Public Schools

The playground

The playground…

  • The place where children run, laugh, take risks and explore the possibilities

  • The place where imagination and spontaneity rule the moment

  • The place where play claims a major role in childhood development

Skills learned at the playground

Skills learned at the playground…

  • Agility

  • Strength-building

  • Self-expression

  • Coordination

  • Creativity

  • Independence

  • Social

  • Sharing

Why playground safety

Why playground safety?

  • A child assumes that a playground is safe to play on

  • A child assumes the risk of play

  • A child is not aware of a potential hazard associated with that moment or act of play

With children at play

With children at play…

No hope of having an injury-free play area

Two primary u s playground safety documents

CPSC Publication

#325, 2008…Public Playground Safety Handbook

Federal Guideline & Recommendation

ASTM F1487-07…

Standard Consumer

Safety Performance

Specification for

Playground Equipment

for Public Use

National Voluntary Standard

Two Primary U.S. Playground Safety Documents…

U s organizations concerned with playground safety

NPSI-National Playground Safety Institute

CPSC-Consumer Products Safety Commission

ASTM-American Society for Testing and Materials International

IPEMA- International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association

NPCAI-National Playground Contractors Association

NPPS-National Program for Playground Safety

U.S. Organizations concerned with Playground Safety…

So what to look for


Head entrapment

Neck entrapment





Lead Paint

Fall zones


Fatigue and wear


So, what to look for…

Priority 1 hazards

Priority 1 Hazards…

  • Death

  • Brain Damage

  • Permanent Paralysis

  • Loss of Vision

  • Loss of Speech

  • Loss of Limb

  • Organ Destruction

Hazard factors

Hazard Factors…

  • Possibility

  • Probability

  • Consequences

Playground injury factors

Playground Injury Factors…

  • Improper use/poor supervision

  • Poor maintenance

  • Inappropriate design

  • Installation issues

  • Site planning issues

National playground safety institute vision

Every playground will


A safe play


Age appropriate

equipment and


Compliance with standards and guidelines

All of this, and

children having fun!

National Playground Safety Institute Vision:

Playground safety program

Playground Safety Program…

  • Identify safety hazards

  • Rank the hazards

  • Apply knowledge

    Establish a comprehensive

    playground safety program

Mesa public schools playground safety

Mesa Public SchoolsPlayground Safety…

  • Training video

  • Training booklet

  • Playground hip-pack

  • Login