A new standard for playground equipment and surfacing is now available. The latest standard is an update of the 2004 version and is for anyone involved in the design, build and manufacture of playground equipment.
It applies to all playgrounds and playground equipment, apart from equipment for domestic purposes, and also covers nature play or natural playgrounds that have been artificially created or enhanced.
NZS 5828:2015 Playground equipment and surfacing promotes and encourages the provision and use of playgrounds that are well designed, constructed and maintained, as well as innovative and challenging, while still offering children a degree of risk in a controlled environment.
For more information or to buy a copy of the new standards go to: bit.ly/Standards_Playgrounds
This article was first published in the December 2016 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.