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Risk assessment of children's play areas

children playing in playground


The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 recommends that owners and managers of premises should undertake a risk assessment of their facilities - this includes the children's playground.


The purpose of risk assessment is to:

  • undertake a systematic review of the potential for harm
  • evaluate the likelihood of harm occurring.

When this is done the manager has to:

  • decide whether the existing control measures are adequate
  • decide whether more needs to be done

Assessing risk

The sequence for this is:

  • activity classification
  • hazard identification
  • evaluation of risk
  • evaluation of control measures
  • specification for further action


Once the assessment has been carried out there should be a hierarchy for control:

  • eliminate hazard
  • reduce hazard
  • isolate hazard
  • control hazard

Future action

Once the risk assessment has been carried out and control measures taken, it need not be repeated unless there is a significant change in the playground.

Contact Us

Playsafety Ltd *
+44 (0)1793 317470
[email protected]
Unit 78, Shrivenham Hundred Business Park, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TY
* RoSPA’s activities in the area of play safety are carried out under an exclusive licence arrangement by an independent and highly experienced specialist company, “Playsafety Ltd” which trades under such licence as “RoSPA Play Safety”.