Annual inspections of playgrounds
RoSPA annual inspections are designed to:
- Improve the play value of playgrounds
- Reduce accidents
Reducing accidents is carried out by:
- Knowledge of children's play and child development
- Analysis of available accident data
- Risk assessment
- Use of relevant standards (EN 1176)
- Implementation of these standards where applicable and can be related to accident data.
Reports will indicate:
- Compliance with standards and notification of major failures where these are related to accidents and an assessment of risk given
- Notification of faults and suggested remedial action
- An indication of the risk
The annual inspection differs from regular inspections in that it:
- Identifies long-term failures and work required
- Identifies changes in standard compliances
- Identifies areas where accidents are being noted which are not standard related
- Provides a quality control check for operators.
RoSPA annual inspections look at:
- Site design safety
- Ancillary item safety
- Equipment safety
- Surfacing safety.
In all cases the condition is assessed and any repair or refurbishment requirements noted. Suggestions are also made, where relevant, to improving the quality of the site.
The annual inspection of children's playgrounds undertaken by RoSPA covers:
- Design safety
- Litter bins
- Other relevant items
- Compliance with relevant Standards
- Damage or deterioration caused by wear
- Mechanical or structural failure
- Likely areas of future problems
- Accident prevention
- Compliance of surface areas with Standards
- Condition and work required
Here you can read a full Annual Inspection Methodology.