This is a series of articles I have written that have appeared in the Playground Magazine.
Accessibility Requirements of Playgrounds
Must Churches, Child Care Centers and Homeowners Associations playgrounds comply with ADA access requirements? It is not a simple question; there are conditions that may change the answer but this article provides some guidance.
Playground Surfacing Hazards
Have you ever found nails, needles or razer blades in your Playground Surfacing? This is about a service that is available to scan playground and sports facilities that have loose fill surfaces to find and remove nails, needles and razor blades.
Up to Speed
This is the history behind the development of the California Playground Safety Regulations and the California Recreation and Parks Society participation in the process.
New Information About Sand
The new version of Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook #325 indicates that the critical height of sand is only 4 feet. Since I have several clients that use sand in at least part of their playgrounds I decided to do some Impact test to verify the actual critical fall height of the sand they use. My surprising results show that at least some sand has a much higher critical height; some up to 10 feet which is adequate for swings. For more information see this article that appeared in the Playground Magazine.
Playground Sand is a Hazardous Material
California has listed sand as a hazardous material. How concerned should you be?
What you need to know about Curb Ramps
Have you ever wondered how you should design curb ramps into loose fill playground surfacing? This article may help you.
Playground Inspection Etiquette
You are a guest on the playground; be sensitive to the concerns of the parents and children on site.
CPSI Code of Professional Conduct
Does the CPSI Code of Conduct go far enough? A discussion of conflict of interest.
Is the Certified Playground Safety Inspection the only inspection your play area needs?
There are other inspections that you need to be aware of.
Are your Inspection Test Probes Accurate?
Before you declare a playground con compliant due to head entrapment, you need to be sure your probes are accurate.
How much supervision is necessary on the playground?
Can there be too much supervision?
California School Playground Surfacing Requirements
The California Department of Architecture is proposing changes to the School playground requirements for surfacing. This is a report on the proposal.
Are Poured In Place Playground Surfaces Safe?
This is a report on a study conducted by the State of California Integrated Waste Management Board.
What do you do with your old playground equipment?
This is a few thoughts about what you might do with old equipment.
Trees are Hazardous on Playgrounds!
The importance of properly quoting your sources when writing Playground Safety Inspection Reports.