Playground Audits

It should be noted that there is a major difference between an audit and an inspection of the playground. The audit identifies the pieces that are on the playground, their current condition, and how they measure up to the ASTM specification F1487. In addition, the surfacing and design of the play area are evaluated. The audit forms the basis for the development of a master plan to upgrade the safety of the play area and in addition to identifying the current conditions, it prioritizes the changes that have to be made to remove, repair, replace. Using the completed audits, a community can establish both the plan and budget for playground upgrading. This is especially important since few communities can afford to make all the identified changes at one time, and need to establish a plan to have their playgrounds meet the ASTM F1487 requirements.

Playground audits are comprehensive, highly detailed playground safety reports that typically include 50 – 60 pages of analysis. They show a written evaluation of your playground point-for-point with the existing safety standards. Audits are generally recommended for playground operators who are in any of the following situations:

  • Never have had a playground inspection before
  • Are seeking accreditation from NAEYC or another certifying body
  • Are contemplating a full-scale overhaul of their playground
  • Have recently completed major renovations
  • Have opened a brand new facility
  • Are facing litigation issues

From a safety standpoint, playground audits — like inspections — are important for two main reasons: they help to keep your playground safe for the children who use it, and they help to protect your organization legally. An audit by a certified inspector can reveal small problems that can mean the difference between safety and harm, so you can make the changes before a problem occurs. And if an accident does happen, the audit report is written proof of your organization’s concern for the well-being of the children on the playground.

Audit & Inspection Scope

Our playground inspectors examine every piece of equipment, your playground surfacing, the playground borders, and any other item found in the play area. The inspectors do what kids do best: climb, pull, jump, and crawl all over (and under) the play equipment, giving it the same rigorous physical pressure that it receives every day.

Inspectors take careful measurements and photos, to compare the condition of the equipment with the prevailing CPSC and ASTM safety standards.

Inspection criteria

  • General Environment
  • Accessibility
  • Slides
  • Climbing Equipment
  • Upper Body Climbing Equipment
  • Stairways & Ladders
  • Decks & Platforms
  • Swings
  • Rotating & Rocking Equipment
  • Surfacing
  • Park Amenities