AS 4685 covers Safety of playgrounds in Australia

AS 4685 standards are based on European EN 1176 standards with some exceptions.

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The exceptions to EN 1176 standards are:

AS 4685.0 (AS 4685 part 0) Installation, inspection, maintenance

AS 4685 standard

This standard is similar to EN 1176-7 but is more detailed.

AS 4685.1 (AS 4685 part 1) Playground equipment

This standard is similar to EN 1176-1 but has some variations.

  • Supervised early childhood services (SECS) are included.
  • Australia specific requirements for timber.
  • Height of handrails.
  • Recommendations for angles of elements.
  • Movable play equipment.

AS 4685.2 (AS 4685 part 2) Swings

This standard is similar to EN 1176-2 but has some variations.

  • Swing’s circulation area.
  • Ground clearance.
  • Extent of the impact area with loose fill.

AS 4685.3 (AS 4685 part 3) Slides

This standard is similar to EN 1176-3 but has some variations.

  • No requirement for guarding.
  • Run-out section’s ending angle.
  • Tunnel slide’s diameter.
  • Barrier for tunnel slide’s outer surface.
  • Impact area for tunnel slides.

AS 4685.4 (AS 4685 part 4) Cableways

This standard is similar to EN 1176-4.

AS 4685.5 (AS 4685 part 5) Carousels

This standard is similar to EN 1176-5.

AS 4685.6 (AS 4685 part 6) Rocking equipment

This standard is similar to EN 1176-6 but has some variations.

  • Ground clearance for type 6 rocking equipment.

AS 4685.11 (AS 4685 part 11) 3-dimensional nets

This standard is similar to EN 1176-11.

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