Guideline & Laws for Playgrounds
Our staff is trained in these laws and guidelines and our sales representatives are NPSI (National Playground Safety Institute) certified. Let us be your source for building a fun, safe, and accessible commercial playground.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA is a wide-ranging US civil rights law that prohibits
discrimination based on disability. Disability is defined
by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits a major life activity.
Section 240 of the 2010 Standards provides scoping
for play areas, and section 1008 provides technical requirements
for play areas. Section 240.1 of the 2010
Standards sets requirements for play areas for children
ages 2 and over and covers separate play areas within a
site for specific age groups, Section 1008.2.6 of the 2010
Standards provides technical requirements for accessible
ground surfaces for play areas on accessible routes,
clear floor or ground spaces, and turning spaces.
For more information:
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
ASTM International, formerly known as the American
Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally
recognized leader in the development and delivery of
international voluntary consensus standards.
The standards that must be followed for playgrounds
are: ASTM F1487-07a - Standard Consumer Safety
Performance Specification for Playground Equipment
for Public use. As well as ASTM F1292-09 - Standard
Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface Materials
within the Use Zone of the Playground Equipment.
For more information:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from
unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands
of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction
Because many factors may affect playground safety, the
CPSC staff believes that guidelines, rather than a mandatory
rule, are appropriate.
These guidelines are not
being issued as the sole method to minimize injuries
associated with playground equipment. However, the
Commission believes that the recommendations in Public
Playground Safety Handbook along with the technical
information in the ASTM standards for public playgrounds
will contribute to greater playground safety.
The Public Playground Safety Handbook can be found