Kidsafe NSW Inc. Newsletter
Playground News July 2016
20 Jul 2016

In This Issue



2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards

Entries closed 15th July. The calibre of entries are exceptional! Kidsafe looks forward to announcing Award recipients on National Kidsafe Day, 25th October 2016. 

Standards Update

Standards Australia is expected to publish the following standards later in 2016:
• AS4685 Part 0 Playground equipment and surfacing- Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation
• AS4422 Playground Surfacing- Specifications, requirements and test methods


2016 Schedule

The Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit (PAU) schedules comprehensive playground inspections and workshops in regional NSW throughout the year. 


What are the surfacing requirements for low-level equipment?

Low-level play equipment, 600mm or less from ground level, designed for climbing (A frames etc.), rocking (see saws and teeter totters) or jumping (trampolines) should be set up on a soft surface such as well-maintained grass, mulch or sand. They require an impact area of less than 1500mm (AS 4685:2014 

Is our playground surfacing up to standard?

Kidsafe NSW regularly receives enquiries from playground owners regarding playground surfacing and how to determine if their surfacing is compliant with the Australian Standard. 

What is approved playground surfacing?

There are 2 commonly used types:- 

I have been asked to get a Drop Test – what is that?

Evidence of adequate playground surfacing may be required for the licensing processes of Education and Care Services. Additionally, local councils, schools and commercial playgrounds benefit from monitoring the performance of the playground surfacing. A drop test will determine if the playground surfacing is continuing to cushion the impact of a fall from the equipment provided in the playground. 

What is head and neck entrapment?

Head and neck entrapment hazards occur when there are spaces which allow either:
• the child’s torso to pass through a space feet first whilst trapping their head; or
• when a child can access a point on the equipment where their head and neck become stuck and their feet are left dangling.
Both of these can pose a potential strangulation risk to the child. This applies to spaces that are either 600mm or more from ground level or the surface below, and where the child may not be able to support their body weight.


What is a spatial network?

Spatial networks have been very popular in Australia for many years (even decades!).

A spatial network is comprised of a network of rope cables that create a web of 3 dimensional cells and geometrical shapes. There are a wide variety of spatial networks available in different shapes and sizes. Most spatial networks range from 3 to 12 metres in height.

What are the risks?

What are the items to inspect on a spatial network?

How do I know the spatial network I am purchasing meets the Australian Standard?

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