Playground Standards and Compliance

American Society for Testing Materials - ASTM F2373 - 08 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Public Use Play Equipment for Children 6 Months through 23 Months

The American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) is an internationally accepted playground standards agency. The description which follows gives an overview of why it is important to seek manufacturers who are members of this voluntary compliance organization.

1. Scope

1.1 This consumer safety performance specification provides safety and performance requirements for various types of public use play equipment such as, but not limited to, composite play structures, climbing structures, to-fro swings, spring rocking equipment, and slides. It is intended to apply to play equipment that is used in places of public assembly, including early care and education facilities, parks, or playgrounds. Public use play areas for children in this age range include both indoor (classroom) settings and outdoor playgrounds. Where appropriate, distinctions will be made between indoor and outdoor settings where there is supervision (for example, a play area that is part of an early care and education facility), and settings with unlimited access (for example, public playgrounds and parks).

1.2 The range of users encompassed by this consumer safety performance specification is the 5th percentile 6 month old through the 95th percentile 23 month old.

1.3 The purpose of this specification is to reduce the potential for life threatening and debilitating injuries.

1.4 Accessory toys attached to play equipment must meet all relevant standards including this consumer safety performance specification.

1.5 Home playground equipment, amusement park equipment, sports equipment, fitness equipment, soft contained play equipment, tricycles, toys, juvenile care products such as, but not limited to, infant swings, play yards, expansion gates, and expandable enclosures, furniture (including child-sized house play furnishings and sand/water tables intended primarily for indoor use), bassinets and cradles, infant walkers, bouncer seats, jumpers, infant stationary activity centers, and infant carriers are not included in the scope of this specification.

1.6 This consumer safety performance specification includes the following sections:

1.7 General Measures, Tolerances, and Conversions

1.7.1 The general tolerances for this specification are as follows unless otherwise specified.

1.8 See for figures referenced throughout this specification.

1.9 The text of this specification references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the specification.

1.10 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Courtesy of ASTM Standard F2373-08

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