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|PlayRight Australia, in compliance with the Australian Playground Standards and a “Best Practice” approach, has developed and endorsed a Comprehensive Inspection 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):
During a comprehensive safety inspection, 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, operational 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 for Compliance and Safety.
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 Playground Safety Inspection?
AS4685.0:2017 clause 8.5.7 states:
AS4685.0:2017 Clause 5.1 Competent person states:
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AS4685.0:2017 Clause 8.5 Inspections
Levels of Inspections and frequency
Regular inspections of playground equipment and surfacing shall be conducted in accordance with standards. As potentially hazardous situations are identified, it is crucial that corrective actions are carried out in a timely manner.
The following inspections shall be carried out:
Comprehensive post-installation inspection *
A comprehensive post-installation inspection shall be conducted by a competent person prior to opening the playground. This inspection shall verify that the playground conforms with the requirements of the relevant parts of the AS 4685 series and the impact-attenuating surfacing test in AS 4422, and shall identify and detail the tasks that need to be carried out to achieve conformance.
Routine visual inspection
A visual inspection intended to identify obvious hazards that can result from wear and tear, vandalism or weather conditions. This inspection shall be carried out regularly. The inspection frequency should take into account local conditions, frequency of use and the manufacturer’s instructions. Playgrounds subject to heavy use or prone to vandalism, may require daily inspection. Any potentially hazardous situations shall be reported immediately and/or rectified.
An operational inspection shall be carried out regularly, on a monthly or quarterly basis unless there are compelling reasons to deviate from this inspection frequency.
Comprehensive annual inspection*
A comprehensive annual inspection shall be carried out. In addition to checking all items listed in above inspections, this inspection is intended to determine conformance with the relevant parts of AS 4685 and to establish the overall level of safety of the equipment, foundations and playground surfaces.
* PlayRight Australia Pty Ltd emphasizes that this type of service is a thorough professional playground audit and is the most comprehensive assessment and report in accordance with the appropriate Australian Standards and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
* PlayRight Australia is fully equipped with the certified 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:
Function of Inspections & Maintenance:
Benefits of a good playground inspection & maintenance management plan are to:
Every maintenance inspection program is unique. In developing your own program, you need to consider:
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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