Playground Inspection USA offers audits for commercial playgrounds at school systems, private schools, daycares, homeowners’ associations, and other playground operators. The audits are conducted by Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSIs) who are trained by the National Parks and Recreation Association’s National Playground Safety Institute. Every one of our CPSIs is a playground professional who has years of experience in playground audits.
Purpose of Audits
Playground audits are comprehensive, highly detailed playground safety reports that typically include 50 – 60 pages of analysis. They show a written evaluation of your playground point-for-point with the existing safety standards. Audits are generally recommended for playground operators who are in any of the following situations:
- never have had a playground inspection before
- are seeking accreditation from NAEYC or another certifying body
- are contemplating a full-scale overhaul of their playground
- have recently completed major renovations
- have opened a brand new facility
- are facing litigation issues
From a safety standpoint, playground audits — like inspections — are important for two main reasons: they help to keep your playground safe for the children who use it, and they help to protect your organization legally. An audit by a certified inspector can reveal small problems that can mean the difference between safety and harm, so you can make the changes before a problem occurs. And if an accident does happen, the audit report is written proof of your organization’s concern for the well-being of the children on the playground.
If you need an audit to comply with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) licensing requirements, please note that the NAEYC requires that audits must be performed by a CPSI (Criterion 9.B of the NAEYC requirements).
Playground audits are based on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) public playground safety guidelines, and the following ASTM International standards:
- F1487-11, “Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use”
- F2223-10, “Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing”
If the playground audit is being performed for NAEYC or other certification effort, they may also include additional information, as required.†
Our playground inspectors examine every piece of equipment, your playground surfacing, the playground borders, and any other item found in the play area. The inspectors do what kids do best: climb, pull, jump, and crawl all over (and under) the play equipment, giving it the same rigorous physical pressure that it receives every day. Inspectors take careful measurements and photos, to compare the condition of the equipment with the prevailing CPSC and ASTM safety standards. If you requested the audit for NAEYC or other certification purposes, the inspector will also obtain any additional information that you require†. If you want to meet with our inspector before or during the audit, we’re happy to meet with you!
Audit Report Content
For every playground we inspect, you’ll receive a comprehensive audit report approximately 50 – 60 pages in length. The audit reports are highly detailed and visually appealing. Each safety audit report includes the following:
- a detailed inventory of your playground equipment
- a point-for-point evaluation of your playground and its contents, following CPSC and ASTM safety standards
- descriptions of any violations of the standards
- recommendations for bringing your play area into compliance
- If the audit is for NAEYC or other certification purposes — any additional information that you may require.†
After you receive the report, the inspector will be available to you to answer any questions that you may have.