Seventy percent of all playground injuries occur as a result of falls to the safety surface.
Safety standards for protective surfacing whether it be unitary or loose fill has been established by the American Society of Testing and Materials. At this time ASTM F1292 requires the peak deceleration of the head during impact does not exceed 200 times acceleration due to gravity (Gmax) and the deceleration of the head during impact and the time duration over which the head decelerates (HIC) not exceed 1,000. Results in excess of this are likely to cause traumatic brain injury. TBI
The playground owner operator is responsible for these standards to be met in the field.
Manufacturer’s certifications relate to test methods and procedures on specific samples. They do not always reflect the performance of an installed playground.
The owner operator is required have an inspection completed at the time of installation and on a regular basis.