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Playground Inspection USA offers inspections for playgrounds at schools, daycares, religious organizations, homeowners’ associations, and other commercial playground operators. Our inspections 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 recreation professional who has years of experience in the playground industry.

Purpose of Inspections

Playground inspections are important for two reasons: they help to keep your playground safe, and they help to protect your organization legally by maintaining a standard of care. An inspection by a certified inspector can reveal structural problems and environmental conditions that you wouldn’t otherwise discover, so you can make changes before an accident occurs. In the unfortunate event that something does happen, an inspection report is written documentation of your playground safety efforts.

Frequency of Inspections
Inspections can be high frequency, for busy playgrounds, or low frequency, for those that see comparatively little use. We offer Playground Inspection Plans, tailored to your needs. For high frequency needs, choose from monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually for a period of years. Low frequency inspection plans are generally offered annually for a period of years — or whatever suits your playground needs!

Safety Rules
Playground inspections 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,” and F2223-10, “Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing”

Inspection Scope
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 want to meet with our inspector before or during the inspection, we’re happy to meet with you!

Inspection Report Content & Format
For every playground inspected, you’ll receive a descriptive report that identifies problems on your playground. Our inspectors in the Washington, DC, area include the following items in their inspection reports:

  • a detailed inventory of your playground equipment
  • descriptions of any violations of CPSC and ASTM safety standards
  • recommendations for bringing each violation into compliance

(Please note that the exact content of the report may change from state to state.)