Playground Safety Is No Accident

7. Conduct a comprehensive playground safety audit of each playground site to determine the adequacy of its compliance with the 2008 CPSC handbook and the current ASTM standards. This audit will assist agencies developing playground replacement schedules by identifying and prioritizing serious areas of non-compliance in existing playground equipment and park/playground sites as a whole. The results of the audit will also identify some conditions that are correctable by agency staff as well as those that may be abated by contacting manufacturers for retrofit upgrades. Because standards have changed throughout the last 20 years, it is suggested that you determine with legal counsel those standards that apply to your playgrounds.

8. Formalize maintenance policies and procedures.

9. Establish a long-term action plan to upgrade playground sites, and which is reflected in the agency’s capital-equipment replacement program, existing staff resources and maintenance/repair budget.

10. Obtain an ongoing commitment of each person who is actively involved in providing safe and challenging playgrounds in the community.


CPSC (2009), Playground Safety Handbook. Retrieved from

Tennessee (2004), Tips for Playground Safety. Retrieved from

Merry Moiseichik is a certified as a playground safety inspector and a professor at the University of Arkansas. She can be reached via e-mail at

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