Safety is a priority when purchasing playground equipment.
Our playground manufacturers meet or exceed the strict safety and structural guidelines set forth by the following organizations:
Playworld Systems Inc. is a member of the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), an organization whose mission is to assist in providing safe environments for children to play. In the interest of public playground safety, IPEMA provides a third party certification service whereby an independent testing laboratory validates manufacturers’ certifications of conformance to the Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use, Specification ASTM F1487- 11 (excluding Sections 10, 12.6.1, 7.11). The use of the IPEMA Certification Logo signifies that the manufacturer has received written validation from the independent laboratory that the product associated with the use of the logo conforms to the requirements of ASTM F1487-11 (excluding Sections 10, 12.6.1, 7.11).
Only IPEMA-Certified equipment should be purchased to assure that it meets official safety standards. Playworld Systems Inc. is proud to offer products that have received IPEMA certification.
To see a list of our certified products, visit the IPEMA web site at www.ipema.org.
To Contact IPEMA:International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association 8300 Colesville Road, Suite 250 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Toll free: 800-395-5550 Fax: 301-495-3330
In addition to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines, the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM)also has developed voluntary performance and safety standards for most play equipment categories. ASTM is one of the largest voluntary standard-setting organizations in the world. In 1988, ASTM undertook a project to develop safety standards for Public Use Playground Equipment. A committee of professionals and consumers, dedicated to playground safety, worked on the development of this standard and in December, 1993, ASTM published F1487, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use. In 2011, ASTM F1487-11 was published updating the previous versions. ASTM measurements establish minimum acceptable performance specifications for play equipment ranging from swings to play surfacing.
Visit ASTM’s web site at: www.astm.org To view a summary of ASTM Specification F1487-11, visit www.astm.org and enter the ASTM Store. Click on “Search for Individual Standards”. Type in F1487-11.
To Contact ASTM:
American Society of Testing Materials 1916 Race St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-299-5585
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) Handbook for Public Playground Safety serves as the reference for the entire playground industry. Originally developed in 1981, and revised in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2008, and 2010, the CPSC Handbook includes specifications for the use of play equipment and provides recommendations on age-related designs and play components. The CPSC Handbook should be a frequent reference tool during the planning process for any new play area. To review a copy of the Handbook for Public Playground Safety visit the CPSC web site at: www.cpsc.gov
To Contact CPSC:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, DC 20207 800-638-2772