|PlayRight Australia, in compliance with the Australian/New Zealand playground Standards and a “Best Practice” approach, has developed and endorsed a comprehensive audit checklist and document that will report and assist your agency in identifying a wide range of playground hazards and asset details including (but not limited to):
- Playground Inventory
- Playground Category
- Equipment Inventory
- Age/Size Appropriateness
- Playground Compliance audit and Safety Inspection
- Entrapment violations
- Surface hazards
- Playground Audit Priority
- Layout, Free Space and fall zone
- Maintenance Requirements
- Playground Replacement Year and cost
- Digital images
- Written and/or Electronic Report and Analysis
During a safety audit, hazards are categorized by their potential for causing severe injury. The resulting report will help you determine which hazards require immediate corrective action, which should be next on the list, and which are minor enough to allow corrective action as time and money permit.
The first day a new public playground opens for use is generally the last time that the playground owner/operation can feel somewhat confident that the entire area is safe and hazard free.
The first day also marks the beginning of the playground’s routine and preventative maintenance history. This includes timely inspections – and ultimately renovations and perhaps repairs – plus the continued compliance to current industry safety guidelines and standards.
Every playground should be assessed and inspected (audited) for Compliance and Safety.
The term “Playground Compliance Audit” or “safety audit” is a one-time process that focuses on compliance with the current ‘Standard of Care.’
The purpose of the safety audit is to identify and report on non-conforming and potential hazards on and in the playground. It takes into account the equipment, designs, installation, and maintenance, as well as environmental conditions that could present unacceptable risks to children/users. PlayRight develops a systematic approach to removing dangerous equipment and/or make repairs according to risk analysis of each non-conforming condition.
The audit is a comprehensive document and detailed inspection of all items within the playground use zone and those items immediately adjacent and continuous to the playground.
Who should conduct a Compliance audit and Safety Inspection?
Individuals performing tasks such as assessment, inspections, repairs and maintenance as part of a safety management system shall be competent to do so. The level of competence required will vary with the task and training that may be necessary. Each person assigned a task shall be informed of the task, and their responsibility and authority. The operator shall ensure that each task is undertaken by a person competent to do so. Specialist skills may need to be sought for particular tasks.
|It is recommended that your Playground Auditor be:
||1. A Certified Competent Playground Auditor and Safety Inspector.2. Experienced with over 5 years in playground auditing (vs. inspecting) various equipment.3. Experienced in playground construction, with knowledge of remedies.4. Experienced and competent in the understanding and working knowledge of the rational of the standards since misinterpretations and conflicts abound.5. Someone who will make an excellent witness for you in court. Including clear and concise record management.6. Fully insured (Professional Indemnity and Public Liability). The insurance certificate/s shall specify exactly what the insurance cover is for i.e. Playground Auditor and Safety Inspection services.
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The audit process is a critical part of playground management. Playground Audits are performed once on each piece of playground equipment and then again only if the equipment is relocated, damaged and repaired and/or modified at a later date. Generally Local Authorities will conduct Playground Audits annually or every two years.
* PlayRight Australia Pty Ltd emphasizes that this type of service is a thorough professional playground audit and is the most comprehensive report in accordance with the appropriate Australian/New Zealand Standards and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
* PlayRight Australia is fully equipped with the test measuring apparatus including head and neck entrapment probes.
Inspection and Maintenance Program
To maintain a ‘Standard of Care’ and to identify all new hazards on existing playgrounds, maintenance inspections are conducted at regular intervals. These focus on immediate hazards caused by various factors that contribute to the need for maintenance, such as:
- Physical wear
- Environmental factors
- Vandalism and accidental damage
Function of Inspections & Maintenance:
- Safety – ensure safety of all users
- Utility – keep equipment functioning
- Sanitation – hygienically clean
- Attractiveness – aesthetically clean
Benefits of a good playground inspection & maintenance management plan are to:
- Reduce potential playground injuries
- Possible Legal defence against charges of negligence
- Better cost accounting
- Effective resource utilisation
- Efficient annual and life-cycle budgeting
- Better public image and relations.
Every maintenance inspection program is unique. In developing your own program, you need to consider:
- Maintenance instructions – provided by the manufacturer
- Frequency of inspection
- Preventative maintenance
Be PRO-ACTIVE (prevent a problem) and Not REACTIVE (only correcting problems when they occur).
Due diligence requires that the user take all circumstances and aspects
into consideration as to minimum performance and best practice in
determining issues that relate to the management of risk.
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