Playground Inspections (Winter Preparation)
Learning Objective: To discuss the recommended inspection practices for preparing Playgrounds for winter conditions.
- All Playgrounds should be installed according to the most current CSA standard.
- A “third party” detailed Playground Safety Audit should be in place on all equipment.
- Standard impact protection, sand, pea gravel, wood chips, rubber, etc. should be maintained at all times.
- Damaged equipment should be repaired or removed immediately to help prevent injury.
- Note: Winter conditions can reduce the effectiveness of impact protection due to frozen ground. Caution is advised.
Winter Preparation Inspection
- Monthly documented inspections should be provided for all playground equipment to ensure safety and performance.
- Have any changes taken place to the equipment that could affect the integrity of the playground structures.
- Is all playground equipment in good condition with no damage or missing pieces?
- Are all impact protection materials being maintained to appropriate depths to help minimize exposure to injury? (Winter conditions can reduce the effectiveness of impact protection)
- Is playground signage still provided for the playground?
- Have any changes occurred to the playground that may require immediate repairs or replacements?
For additional information, contact:
Alan Kavanaugh, CRM, CCPI
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management, Noratek Solutions Inc.