What is surface impact testing (drop testing)?
The testing of surfacing is required by AS 4685.0, Playground equipment and surfacing - Development, installation, inspection, maintenance and operation and is specified to be conducted post installation and then every 3 years. It provides evidence that playground surfacing is performing as it is intended to and in compliance with AS 4422, Playground surfacing - Specifications, requirements and test method.
Testing of playground surfacing is conducted for unitary playground surfacing to confirm that the installation meets the critical fall height required for the equipment utilised in this space and in compliance with AS 4422.
Loose fill materials should be purchased with a certificate of compliance which specifies test results complying with AS 4422. The installation of loose fill needs to be maintained to a depth of 300mm and maintained at 200mm.
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