Fran Wallach

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Fran was the chair and a founding member of the ASTM Committee F15.29 for Public Playground Equipment in 1988. This committee was responsible for establishing playground design specifications that would improve the safety of commercial playgrounds in the United States. She remained the chair of this committee until 2005. During the time she chaired this committee, Standard F1487, “Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use” came into being in 1993 and was reviewed and improved in 1995, 1998, 2001, and 2005. This is the playground industry standard for playground equipment design and is one of the two authority references that are used nationally by Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs) when inspecting playgrounds.

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