Helpful links

Keep your playgrounds safe and protect your legal interests.

Below are valuable sources for playground safety information:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Handbook on Public Playground Safety contains the standards that you need to know, in an easy-to-read format.

International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). If you’re considering buying playground equipment, it should be from one of IPEMA’s members.

National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI). NPSI conducts research on playground safety and administers the training and licensing of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs).

American Standards for Testing and Materials (ASTM).  ASTM writes technical playground standards that complement (in most cases) the CPSC Guidelines.

National Program for Playground Safety. Another good soruce for playground safety information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has some information about playground safety, including a helpful factsheet about playground injuries. 

ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG). The Americans with Disabilities Act is concerned with equal access to facilities, however it’s relevant to playground use and ownership.

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