What Is A CPSI Inspection?
An inspection or audit is a playground or park review performed by one of our CPSI-certified professionals. The National Recreation and Park Association offers an industry-leading certification program in playground safety.
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AUDIT AND AN INSPECTION?
An audit is generally only done once in the life of a playground after it is initially installed to verify compliance with CPSC and ASTM playground safety guidelines and identify serious and potentially life-threatening situations. Inspections are to check for hazards and test the performance of the entire play area and evaluate the structural integrity of each piece of play equipment and its surfacing.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE GET AN INSPECTION?
Performing routine safety audits and inspections of the parks and playgrounds in your community, schools, and other facilities is vital to ensure that they stay safe. The frequency of inspections is based on the environment, the age of the park, and how often the park is used.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INSPECTION?
After an audit or inspection is complete, the CPSI will inform the owner of any issues they find with the playground. Depending on the issue a few things can happen. If the issue is deemed life-threatening or could cause serious harm to the park user. The park or section of the park may be shut down or fenced off until the issue is addressed and deemed usable. If minor issues are found the CPSI will inform the park owner and discuss ways to fix the issues and improve the park.
Why Do I Need An Inspection?
Timely, routine maintenance is a way of managing risks in a community’s play areas. Protect patrons from costly accidents by demonstrating the community’s standard of care while you lower your liability.
Protect your investment
Play structures, safety surfacing, shade, and site development are significant investments for any company or municipality. It simply makes good economic sense to maintain the equipment and extend the life of your organization’s investment.
Improve children’s play experience
When play equipment is broken or otherwise unusable, children lose out on opportunities for play. That moment of learning with others and the fun-filled connection is lost forever. The better maintained the equipment, the better the opportunity that a child’s life is improved through play. Your effort makes the difference!
Promote community values
A major source of pride for any community is its well-maintained common green space. Taking care of the playground, outdoor fitness, dog park equipment and site amenities maintains a beautiful environment and is an expression of your community’s values.
Timely, preventive routine maintenance controls expenses by reducing upkeep and replacement costs, enabling more accurate budgeting.