ERIC Number: ED182057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Public Playground Equipment: Suggested Safety Requirements and Supporting Rationale for Swing Assemblies and Straight Slides.
Mahajan, Bal; And Others
This memorandum report proposes a safety standard to reduce the frequency and severity of children's impacts with the suspended members of swing assemblies and falls from slide surfaces, under conditions of normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuse. The standard applies to swings and straight slides intended for use as public playground equipment. The following six topics are covered by the standard: (1) swing assembly structural integrity, (2) swing assembly moving impact, (3) straight slide surface incline, (4) straight slide surface exit region, (5) straight slide surface side height, and (6) straight slide ladders and stairways. Equipment of this type is typically located in play areas of parks, schools, institutions, multiple family dwellings, private resorts, recreation developments, and other areas of public institutional use. The safety standard does not apply to amusement park rides and equipment, equipment normally intended for sports use, or to home playground equipment. Supporting rationale for the standard is extensively discussed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see PS 011 220 and PS 011 223