The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…read more
New Australian Standard for playground and recreation safety
Standards Australia has announced the publication of the new standard for playgrounds that provides guidance on the development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation of playgrounds.
The publication of AS 4685.0:2017, Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 0: Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation, aims to Promotes fun and enjoyment through stimulating learning environments while, significantly also including a new risk benefit analysis technique.
In a statement announcing the release of the new Standard, Standards Australia advise “playgrounds are a positive environment for learning and development -from problem solving to exploring natural environments, developing imagination to social-emotional aspects.
“However, with any play environment intended for children it is important to effectively manage risk in the planning and design stages.
“The objective of AS 4685.0 is to minimise the risk of injury to playground users. It provides designers, owners and operators of playgrounds with guidance on the development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation of playgrounds.
“This standard creates the foundation for all Australian playground equipment and surfacing standards.
Professor David Eager, Chairperson of the Technical Committee CS-005, Playground Equipment, explained the intention behind the new standard, advising “risk is an inherent feature of playtime and there are many acceptable risks as part of a stimulating and challenging learning environment.
“The solution is not to wrap kids in cotton wool - the standard is all about challenging children and developing important life skills.
“AS 4685.0 introduces a risk benefit analysis technique that allows operators and owners of playgrounds to quantify their exposure to hazards using techniques that are simple to apply. Then they can make evidence-based decisions with regard to the maintenance, repairs and the timely replacement of their assets.”
Standards Australia Chief Executive Dr Bronwyn Evans added “the standard helps promote one of the joys of an Australian childhood.
“In a world that is increasingly digital it is important that children enjoy physical play environments as well.”
The other parts of the AS 4685 series specify equipment requirements and test methods.
Click here for more information.
Images courtesy of Proludic.
16th December 2016 - NEW STANDARD FOR PLAYGROUND SURFACING
12th December 2016 - NEW ZEALAND INTRODUCES UPDATED PLAYGROUND STANDARDS
14th October 2016 - OUTDOOR PLAY ESSENTIAL TO HEALTHY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
7th July 2016 - KIDSAFE QUEENSLAND HIGHLIGHTS SAFETY RISKS AT TRAMPOLINE ARENAS
25th May 2016 - SPORTS INJURY HOSPITALISATIONS HIGHER IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA
15th November 2015 - RISKY OUTDOOR PLAY POSITIVELY IMPACTS CHILDREN’S HEALTH
11th April 2014 - INTERNATIONALLY ALIGNED PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT STANDARD RELEASED
21st March 2014 - NEW SYDNEY PLAYGROUND LETS IMAGINATIONS RUN WILD
28th October 2013 - CHILD DIES AFTER SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PLAYGROUND SLIDE FALL
12th April 2012 - NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT STANDARD PUBLISHED
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…read more
Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…read more
Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…read more
Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…read more
The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosuresread more
Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!