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Global playground standards

We’ve compiled links to the playground building standards of different countries for your convenience, some of which may require purchase. Please reference these standards if required.

If your country does not have specific playground building standards or guidelines, we suggest you read our Basic safety guidelines, which cover the most common playground hazards and generally conforms to the European/AUS/NZ standards as of July 2011.

For more information we also suggest the US public playground safety handbook that also has free, detailed information about all the most common playground hazards based on US Standards. Note: the handbook does not contain information for manufacturers, such as strength and loading requirements. Please consult your local building codes and local builders and engineers for this information.

Australia

Standards Australia  for a full list of standards.

The key public standards are:

AS 4685.1-2014

Playground equipment – General safety requirements and test methods.

AS/NZS 4486.1:1997

Playgrounds and playground equipment – Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation.

AS/NZS 4422:1996

Playground surfacing – Specifications, requirements and test methods.

There are also amendments to these standards and further specific standards for equipment such as slides and swings. The Australian playground standards are available for purchase.

United Kingdom

British Standards Institution (BSI)

The British playground standards are available for purchase.

Canada

Canadian Standards Association CAN/CSA-Z614-14 – Children’s Playspaces and Equipment

The Canadian playground standards are available for purchase.

United States

US standards relating to playgrounds: ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Select “Search within Standards” and search for the word “playground” to access playground-related standards.

Some specific US standards relating to playground equipment and surfacing:

ASTM F1487 – 07ae1: Standard consumer safety performance specification for playground equipment for public use

ASTM F2373 – 08: Standard consumer safety performance specification for public use play equipment for children six months through 23 months

ASTM F1148 – 09: Standard consumer safety performance specification for home playground equipment

ASTM F2223 – 10: Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing

ASTM F2075 – 10a

ASTM F1292 – 09

ASTM F2049 – 10

ASTM F1951 – 09b

ASTM F2479 – 10

ASTM F355 – 10a

The ASTM playground standards are available for purchase.

US guidelines relating to playground safety and access:

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

The CPSC is an excellent source of research on playground-related safety and is what our safety manual is based on. They also publish the US public playground safety handbook, an invaluable resource in playground construction.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Access Guidelines for Play Areas

The ADA guidelines, while not yet part of the legal requirements for the US, are useful for ensuring that a playground is accessible to children of all abilities. While not yet part of the legal requirements for the US, these guidelines are useful to ensure a playground is accessible to children of all abilities.