Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI

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Executive Director of the International Playground Safety Institute, LLC of Bend Oregon since retiring from Wheaton Parks District, IL as Director of Parks and Planning | Past president of the NRPA | Chair of the ASTM F15.29 Subcommittee for performance requirements for public play equipment | Member of IPEMA’s Voice of Play Advisory Board | Member of US Play Coalition Planning Committee | Co-founder of the National Playground Safety Institute | NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector course instructor | Clemson University’s Playground Maintenance Technician course instructor | Author of Playground Safety Is No Accident.

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unsafe playground International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 27, 2016   The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the playground safety inspector certification programs on reducing reported injuries sustained on public...
By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC In Part 1 of this series Curtis wrote in his research project abstract, “Despite the implementation of certified playground safety inspector...
Certified Playground Safety Inspectors By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 20, 2016   Curtis’s research paper spans more than a decade of data comparison coupled with personal survey results of agencies...
Certified Playground Safety Inspectors By Kenneth S Kutska, CPSI, Executive Director International Playground Safety Institute, LLC April 20, 2016 In the late 1990s I met a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) candidate by the name of Dwight Curtis. This young man was very...
Is lowering the Head Injury Criteria (HIC) to 700 the magic number to reduce severity and frequency of fall related injuries? How many children have to be severely injured or die from a fall on the playground before we can justify some enhanced...
Fall-related injuries Benefits of Risk vs Too Much Regulation vs Unintended Consequences - What is the magic number? Read Part 2 here. Ken Kutska- We have expended a tremendous amount of human and financial resources and seemingly appear to have made no real progress...
ASTM Standards for Swing Safety Benefits of Risky Play vs Too Much Regulation vs Unintended Consequences Read Part 1 here. Where has this debate on lowering the HIC threshold got us to date? We have expended a tremendous amount of human and financial resources, and we...
ASTM Balloting The new starting point for debate on this very complicated Issue Let’s recap the status of the ASTM ballot process on the issue of lowering the F1292 impact threshold from 1000 to 700 HIC. No change has been approved through the ASTM...
Playground How does the hazard-based approach work? Our Objective “Playground safety performance requirements shall be developed and applied to focus on the hazards posed by equipment’s design, movement, and layout, whether free-standing or in...
Playground Surfacing Requirements and Injury Reduction: Too much or too little?
It is somewhat of a delicate balancing act between providing enough safety requirements to keep children from being seriously harmed while not tipping the scale away from our ability to provide more challenging risky play opportunities. In reviewing...
Double slide This column continues Ken Kutska's thoughts from Part 1 that can be read here. Food for Thought from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Staff “Playgrounds should allow children to develop physical and social skills, and part...