Standards are the foundation of safety management and a mandatory link between real world and legislation. Find here introductios to those dealing with safety of playgrounds and recreational sports areas.

While idea of having a standard that determines what is safe and what is not, the reality is different. They are problematic in some ways:

  • Standards are not mandatory to be followed.
  • Compliant product may be unsafe.
  • Non-compliant product may be safe.
  • All features in equipment are not covered.
  • They do not deal with operation and service.
  • They rarely refer to risk assessment.
  • Safety rarely is a matter of millimetres.
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One source of these problems is the nature of all standards: They seek to minimise the number of product variants. On recreational areas, however, it is beneficial to have a maximal number fo product variants.

Regardless to all these challenges, the standards do serve their purpose and also Safe to Play uses them in all operations. When coupled with risk assessment, they are very useful!

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Standards covered in Safe to Play Encyclopedia?

Roughly about third of Safe to Play Encyclopedia concern the following standards.

EN 1176-1 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 1: General safety requirements and test methods

EN 1176-2 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 2: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for swings

EN 1176-3 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 3: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for slides

EN 1176-4 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 4: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for cableways

EN 1176-5 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 5: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for carousels

EN 1176-6 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 6: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for rocking equipment

EN 1176-7 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 7: Guidance on installation, inspection, maintenance and operation

EN 1176-10 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 10: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for fully enclosed play equipment

EN1176-11 Playground equipment and surfacing – Part 11: Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for spatial network

EN 1177 Impact attenuating playground surfacing – Determination of critical fall height

EN 15312 Free access multi-sports equipment – Requirements, including safety, and test methods

EN 14974 Skateparks — Safety requirements and test methods

EN 16630 Permanently installed outdoor fitness equipment – Safety requirements and test methods

EN 16899 Sports and recreational equipment — Parkour equipment — Safety requirements and test methods

EN 12572-2 Artificial climbing structures – Part 2: Safety requirements and test methods for bouldering walls

EN 12572-3 Artificial climbing structures – Part 3: Safety requirements and test methods for climbing holds

EN 16579 Playing field equipment — Portable and socketed goals — Functional and safety requirements and test methods

The following pages are introductions to main standards concerning safety of playgrounds and recreational sports areas.