NEARLY NEW STANDARD FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND SURFACING
1 December 2016
Although the Standard NZS 5828: 2015, Play Ground Equipment and Surfacing, has been around for nearly a year, it only officially supersedes the old Standard NZS 5828: 2004, Play Ground Equipment and Surfacing, on the 9th December 2016. It is important to designers, builders and those running playgrounds.
This new Standard is largely made up of several European Standards (EN) and a British Standard (BS), these consist of:
- EN 1176.1 to EN 1176.7 (mostly equipment with some surfacing)
- EN 1176.10 & EN 1176.11 (equipment and spacing)
- EN 1177 & BS 7188 (surfacing)
The aim of NZS 5828 is to promote and encourage playgrounds that are well, designed, constructed, and maintained, and also innovative and challenging, so that they can provide excitement and adventure in safe surroundings.
With Health & Safety legislation great care should be taken in this area, using NZS 5828 may help reduce the risks involved in the design, construction and running of playgrounds. NZS 5828 excludes domestic playgrounds, but it may be used as a guide for household playgrounds if necessary.
The new Standard allows the designer to balance out, the type of playground equipment, fall heights and safety surfacing necessary. This applies to both custom designed playground equipment and proprietary playground equipment, and whether bark surfacing or rubber matting is used.
The Masterspec section 8465 PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT & SURFACING (available in Landscapes) has been updated for the new Standard NZS 5828 Play Ground Equipment and Surfacing.