Increase the lifespan of your playground.
Introductory Guide: Maintenance
Play England, in its Nature Play Maintenance Guide states that: Those who provide play spaces have legal responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1984. Regulations impose a legal duty on providers to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks associated with a site and act accordingly. However, the following procedures could be used to support the maintenance of play spaces:
maintenance plans and schedules; risk–benefit assessments; inspection programmes; maintenance records; evaluation and review
RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) also provide up to date advice and guidance for Playground Managers and we recommend you familiarise yourself with your responsibilities and the tools available to help you using their website.
We offer full Maintenance Instruction, specific to your installation with every project.
As with any playground equipment, checks should be carried out both daily and monthly and you should have a clear plan in place to address any problems immediately or to close off any play equipment that can’t be repaired there and then.
We will provide you with specific guidelines for the products that you have purchased. However, examples of the kind of thing you should be checking are:
• Loose screws
• Damaged or deteriorating timber – which should be reported straight away to Touch Wood
• Condition of the rope – can a noose be formed in the rope due to it being too loose?
• Foreign objects such as stones or rubbish in loose surfacing (sand, play bark )
All of our installations come with:
A quality guarantee, induction for staff and stakeholders on how to use the new installation and a clean bill of health from our independent health and safety inspector.
A briefing for Caretakers and Site Managers on the maintenance requirements for the site and a written copy of the instructions. These instructions can form part of your Operations Manual and will help you to plan your maintenance programme.
A free visit by our team after a year to see how everything is settling in.
Our first installation, pictured here, is in Hotwells Primary School – it is still going strong 12 years on!