Play Equipment Certification Approval Guidance
When considering the design of play equipment, children possess the wonderfully complex combination of an overdeveloped drive for adventure together with an underdeveloped sense of risk awareness. Therefore it is up to the designer, manufacturer and operator of play equipment to ensure children can us the equipment without a risk for permanent injuries.
To help in this Standards provide Best Practices, but blindly following Standards is not only difficult but also does not automatically guarantee a safe play product. Safety cannot be considered as a gadget, as it is rather a state of mind for which effective procedures are to be followed.
A thorough analysis of the inherent risks is imperative before any play equipment can be opened to the general public. Approval from a Certification Institute like TUV Netherlands is required by Dutch law for all play equipment used in The Netherlands. Due to this their expertise is renowned globally; their approval will go a long way in ensuring better safety. It requires zeal, commitment and sincere efforts to set a standard that works.
Accidents are bound to happen unless playground safety is appropriately factored. It is therefore crucial that playground equipment inspection is done by a skilled and reputed Certification Institute. As a former TUV Netherlands inaugural inspector of sports and play equipment, Eljoh Sneep’s triple R can efficiently and economically guide you through this process by offering support for any or all phases from conceptualization through design to installation. Though extensive experience with Standards and certification requirements this assistance is not limited to TUV Netherlands but can just as effectively be applied for Institutes such as Keurmerkinstituut or non-Dutch entities.