Attention Playground Owner/Operators!
Revisions in industry standards require updating your existing playground management safety program. Since the release of ASTM’s new F1487 2011 Standard, the revised 2010 U.S. CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety, and the 2010 American’s With Disabilities Act becoming enforceable Federal Law (DOJ 2010 Standard), there is no time like the present to review your current plan for compliance to these new requirements.
IPSI, LLC offers New Playground Safety Inspection and Training Resource
On behalf of the tens of thousands of playground owner/operators who have and will continue to use the contents of Playground Safety Is No Accident (PSINA) as a guide for inspecting and maintaining safer playgrounds, International Playground Safety Institute, LLC (IPSI) is offering a new and improved 5th Edition, including a new upgraded interactive CD of the forms and worksheets as described within the book.
Today’s playground safety needs have become more complex and inspectors need more information and tools to perform a more effective and efficient job. Many Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs) expressed the need for additional resources to make their job easier. The 5th edition includes many of these suggestions along with two personal stories from CPSIs that demonstrate how this book helped them create and implement their playground management plan.
Five Reasons for the 5th Edition Revision to Playground Safety Is No Accident
1. New Standards and Guidelines require rewrite of PSINA 4th Edition
Since the release of the Fourth Edition in 2008 there have been new releases of the ASTM F1487 and the CPSC Handbook. Both required another complete review of the book’s content resulting in many revisions, including a major rewrite to the Public Playground Compliance Audit Inspection Form. The revised form reflects the most current recommendations found within both of these playground industry’s voluntary compliance documents. The form includes the new citation numbers relative to either the CPSC or ASTM document. These citations provide a reference to assist the user in preparing formal reports. They also provide a quick reference guide for less experienced inspectors who may need to refresh their interpretation of specific issues that may arise during the inspection process.
2. The Americans With Disabilities Act becomes Law enforceable in 2013
In September of 2010 the United States Department of Justice 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design (DOJ 2010 Standard) became law. While no one can be certain of absolute compliance to this law, the twenty (20) questions in the Accessibility Section of this form provides a basic assessment in relation to many barriers often found in a public playground area and the minimum requirements of the DOJ 2010 Standard. This assessment process does not attempt to qualify a playground as ADA compliant.
3. New Maintenance Needs Assessment Checklist added to improve Routine Inspections and Help Train New Employees
The PSINA book includes a CD of Adobe formatted forms and worksheets. This CD can also be purchased separately. The CD not only includes the updated Compliance Audit Inspection Form, it includes some additional resources for easy reference. These new source documents include the DOJ 2010 Standard and the most recent November 2010 CPSC Handbook. Due to copyright issues, the CD does not include the new ASTM F1487-11 Standard.
The CD includes a new “Maintenance Needs Assessment Checklist.” This checklist identifies item by item those inspection items most commonly found in a routine inspection and maintenance process. The checklist covers items commonly found within the general playground environment, such as benches, tables, waste receptacles, fencing, walkways, landscaping, and most importantly, information and warning signs. It identifies issues related to different types of surfacing materials whether unitary or loose-fill. The checklist covers most common play component types and the inspection and maintenance related tasks specific to each. This checklist will assure a more thorough operational maintenance and repair inspection. It can be used to develop a detailed and customized Low Frequency Inspection Form for each of your play areas. Most important is the checklist will assist supervisors training their less experienced inspectors as they learn the process of conducting a detailed inspection. The checklist is a good reference document to use with the customized agency inspection form so the little things are not forgotten. Without a good tool the inspector would be assumed to have memorized each and every item that may need to be inspected and not forget some crucial part of the process. We know what happens when we start to assume too much.
4. Improved CD Forms and Worksheets SAVE directly to your computer database.
There are other changes to the interactive CD that improve its usability. Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher is required to use the PDF forms and can be downloaded free from the Adobe Web Site. One of the new features to the updated CD is that you no longer need Adobe Suite Software to name your file and store your inspection forms to your database. You can create your own site history files on your computer and save your files and inspections directly into specific site history electronic files or folders enhancing the ability to immediately access your work. If you do not complete your work, you now can go back and modify or finish your work at a later time. Now each form includes a SAVE AS option tab at the end of each document. Previously there were only two options, PRINT FORM and RESET FORM.
Compliance Audit Inspection Form reformatted to SAVE by Section
Another request from users was to revise the Compliance Audit Inspection Form so it could be saved by section allowing for repeat sections of specific equipment types when there were more than one of a particular component. An example would be a composite playground with 4 slides. Of course, the Audit and citations were revised to the latest standards and guidelines. By allowing each individual specific equipment type section to be individually printed or saved, it no longer requires the need to print the entire audit form and then make additional copies of particular sections when multiples of the same equipment type is present.
5. NRPA recommends PSINA required reading for online CPSI Exam
Although new CPSI Course participants get online access to the updated forms, they no longer receive a copy of the book as part of their registration fee. The International Playground Safety Institute recommends first time CPSI Course participants purchase the Playground Safety Is No Accident, 5th Edition book prior to using the CD forms and worksheets. This is especially true for those individuals new to the playground safety inspection and risk management processes discussed in the CPSI training course.
NRPA’s CPSI Certification Handbook lists this book as a required resource for anyone taking the online course tutorial and then taking the online exam, since the ASTM Standards and CPSC Handbook do not cover the risk management loss control concepts covered during the course manual and presentation. This section of the course presentation is a big part of the certification examination.
The book provides background information and detailed instructions on the many different types of forms and how to use the forms. It also includes some information to assist those with less knowledge, skill, and experience related to the use of these forms.
The contents of this book have evolved over the past twenty years as we continue to improve on the practical information concerning the management of playground resources. It is sold with the understanding that neither the IPSI, LLC, the publisher, author, contributing writers nor the agencies or organizations they may represent, are rendering legal advice or other professional service. Both the law and professional standards and guidelines change regularly, and may vary from state to state and from one locality to another. You should consult a competent attorney in your state if you are in need of specific legal advice concerning any of the subjects addressed in this book.
Playground Safety Inspector Worksheets including the sample Playground Safety Compliance Audit and Inspection Forms are intended for voluntary use by anyone who has purchased a copy of Playground Safety Is No Accident to document playground equipment conditions at the time of inspection. Effort has been made to ensure the appropriateness of the forms in relation to best practices for inspecting playground equipment. However, Standards and Guidelines change from time to time and the final determination of the appropriate inspection practices and safety of playground equipment must be determined on a case-by-case basis. In addition, all manufacturer requirements must be strictly followed. Participants of the Certified Playground Safety Inspection Course who have attained CPSI status should, with practice and continued study, become skilled in applying their knowledge in conducting accurate and complete playground safety assessments according to their own frequency as determined by internal policy and procedures. NRPA and IPSI, LLC and the book contributors do not endorse or enforce use of these forms. No certification or “seal of approval” is granted or may be inferred by the IPSI, LLC, the authors, its officers, agents, or employees.
That being said, the materials contained in this new edition of Playground Safety Is No Accident are as current as the information available in the ASTM F1487-11 Standard, the November 2010 revision of the U.S. CPSC Public Playground Safety Handbook, and theDepartment of Justice 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design.
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