Compliance in Design & Manufacture – PLAYGROUND SAFETY STANDARDS

Imagination Play committed to working with all sections of the community to promote value of play.

We aim to:

1) Promote PLAY and it’s VALUE
2) Collect, disseminate and exchange information about playground and play environments.
3) Encourage consultation with organisations and individuals on issues relating to play.
4) Carry our research into the use of playgrounds and their value.
5) Promote better design of outdoor playground equipment
6) Encourage better planning, design and development of play opportunities.
7) Support the development of the Australian Standards to assist in the promotion of safe play.

Imagination Play meets and exceeds the following Australian Safety Standards.

AS 4685 -2014 Playground equipment and surfacing

AS 4685.11-2014 Playground equipment – Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for spatial nets

AS/NZS 4486.1 – 1997 Development, Installation, Inspection, Maintenance
( Including all current amendments )

AS/NZS 4422 – 1996 Playground Surfacing including AS/NZS 4422 amdt 1

AS3533.1-2009 Amusement rides and devices – Design and construction

AS3533.4.1-2005 Amusement rides and devices – Specific requirements – Land-borne inflatable devices

AS3533.4.2-2013 Amusement rides and devices – Specific requirements – Contained play facilities

EN71-1:2014Safety of Toys – Part 1: Mechanical and Physical Properties

EN71-2: 2006 – Safety of toys – Part 2 Flammability

EN71-3:2013Safety of Toys – Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements

AS4312-2008 Atmospheric corrosivity zones in Australia

EN1177-2008 Impact attenuating playground surfacing. Determination of critical fall height

EN1176-1:2008 Playground Equipment And Surfacing – Part 1: General Safety Requirements And Test Methods
Please see our video below on indoor playground safety standards.

AS/NZS 4486.1:1997

9.1 General
The safety management system established by the operator shall comply with Clauses 9.2 to 9.9.  Further operator requirements are given in Clause 6.2.

9.2 Assessment of Safety Measures 
The operator of a playground shall periodically and systematically assess the effectiveness of all the safety measures used (including the recommendations given in this document) and if it is found necessary on the basis of the operator’s experience, or because circumstances have changed, alter them to maintain or improve safety.

9.3 Competence
Individuals performing tasks such as assessment, inspection, repair and maintenance as part of a safety management system shall be competent to do so.  The level of competence required will vary with the task and training may be necessary.  Each person assigned a task shall be informed of the task and their responsibility and authority.  The operator shall ensure that each task is undertaken by a person competent to do so.  Specialist skills may need to be sought for particular tasks.

9.4 General Safety Measures
There should be a sign in unsupervised playgrounds indication the nearest facility (e.g. Telephone) for contacting emergency services.  It is recommended that a sign giving contact details for the playground operator also be provided so that uses can notify the operator of defects they have noticed (e.g. Repairs needed or hazards for removal).

9.5 Procedures

9.5.1 General
Individuals shall be allocated to undertake the physical inspections and affect any maintenance which is required.  Assessing and if necessary upgrading equipment to meet the current Standards is covered in Clause 9.8. It is the operator’s responsibility to provide for regular inspections of playground equipment and surfaces to assist in their safe performance.  It is critical that regular inspections and corrective actions are carried out.

Refer below for Imaginationplay’s workplace policy and Occupational Health and Safety policy.

OHS Policy

Imagination Play is committed to providing a working environment for all employees, contractors, members of the public and visitors that is free from workplace hazards. We will monitor the workplace and ensure that all actions are taken to maintain and improve the level of safety within the workplace. Employees are encouraged to become involved in OHS within the workplace to assist with the identification and improvement of any deficiencies.

Smoke free Policy

Imagination Play is committed to providing a smoke free workplace. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, company vehicles and other enclosed structures. Further, smoking is not permitted in the vicinity of entrances/openings to buildings. Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only.

Drug & Alcohol

We have developed and implemented this drug and alcohol policy which seeks to eliminate the potential safety hazards created by drug and alcohol abuse.

To this end, Imagination Play will ensure that personnel are not put at risk by the presence or effects of alcohol or other drugs on site and encourage all staff to strongly support this policy.     The principles of which, are:

The misuse of any legitimate drugs or the use, possession or sale of illegal or non-prescribed drugs at work or on Company premises, is strictly prohibited.

The possession, consumption, distribution or sale of alcohol, at work or on Company premises, is not permitted, unless specifically authorized in writing by the Managing Directors.

Employees are not permitted to commence and/or continue work if they are under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, which impairs their ability to perform work safely.

Workplace Bullying Policy

Imagination Play expects all company personnel to behave in a manner that is courteous and respectful. Our workplace will be free of unreasonable behaviour which includes:

Offensive language and verbal abuse;
Humiliating someone through sarcasm, criticism or insults;
Sexual and racial taunts;
Threatening physical abuse; and
Initiation pranks.

Imagination Play expects that all employees behave in a professional manner and to treat each other with respect. We encourage any employee who experiences bullying, harassment or discrimination to report it to their supervisor/manager.

When such “unreasonable behavior” is reported it will be seen as a serious matter and will be investigated in a timely manner. On completion of the investigation into the allegation the MANAGER will provide feedback to the person who raised the concern of the outcome and any actions intended to be taken.


Employer Responsibility

In accordance with Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Imagination Play will strive to provide and maintain a workplace that is safe and without risks to health. This will be assisted by the implementation of safe systems of work, the maintenance of a safe working environment, adequate welfare facilities and providing appropriate instruction, training and supervision for all employees to enable them to perform their work in a safe manner.

Employee Responsibility

In accordance with Section 25 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 all employees must take reasonable care for his or her health and safety and for the health and safety of others, this includes co-operating with Imagination Play safety standards, not misusing equipment or willfully placing at risk the health and safety of any other person at the workplace.

First Aid and Injury Reporting

You must report all incidents and injuries to your supervisor/manager no matter how small they may seem. All injuries must be recorded in the Injury Register. First aid kits are located in all company vehicles and within the office warehouse. The details of your First Aid Officers are located on the notice board. All incidents and accidents will be investigated and feedback provided to all personnel.

Hazard Reporting

Employees are encouraged to report any potentially hazardous situations to their supervisor/manager this can include a near miss in which nobody sustained any injuries however the potential to cause harm exists.


Supervisors/managers will take the appropriate actions to manage the situation and attempt to eliminate or reduce the hazard that has been identified.

Emergency Preparedness

In the event of an emergency situation (fire, gas leak, bomb threat etc) remain calm and contact the appropriate personnel. Do not at any stage place your own health and safety at risk. In a situation where the fire, leak, spill etc cannot be controlled then contact the Fire Brigade on “000”. Emergency exits are located at the front of the premises (refer to evacuation plan). If an evacuation is necessary all personnel shall meet at the front main gate.

All company personnel working off site must familiarize themselves with the surroundings and take heed of any site specific safety and or emergency procedures.


Good housekeeping is important in preventing accidents and also improves efficiency. It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that individual work areas are kept tidy; tools and equipment are put away when not in use, any spills are cleaned up as soon as possible, walkways and doorways are kept unobstructed. Remember a clean workplace is a safe workplace


Manual Handling

All employees are encouraged to assess the task prior to lifting and plan the route in which the product/object is to be carried. The use of a mechanical aid should be considered prior to any attempt to manually lift. This could include the use of the forklift or other item of machinery or a trolley. Do not try to lift, carry or push items or objects that are heavy or awkward. If you are in any doubt please ask for help.

Electrical Safety

Check the suitability and condition of all leads prior to using an appliance. If you observe any loose or damaged wiring disconnect the power immediately and report the situation to your supervisor/manager. All electrical repairs will be carried out by a licenced electrician. To prevent damage to electrical equipment ensure leads are not run across the floor or exposed to wet surfaces.

Issue Resolution

Should a safety issue arise within the workplace it should be reported to your supervisor/manager. You are encouraged to provide practical suggestions in order to address the issue. Should you feel the issue has not been dealt with in an effective or timely manner the matter should be taken up with the Company Director where all efforts will be channeled into addressing the problem and obtaining a satisfactory outcome. This may include gaining outside assistance e.g. safety practitioner, specialists or an Inspector from WorkSafe Victoria.

Occupational Health & Safety Handbook – I understand that I am required to read the handbook, keep it in an acceptable place and follow the guidelines and instructions contained therein.

In the design of our playgrounds we comply to the following guidelines:-

      • Design a playground using appropriate variety within the design.
      • Design a playground with clear visibility within the structure to promote safety (seen & be seen)
      • Design a playground that creates opportunities for social contact.
      • Design a playground that is unique and inviting to all social groups and promotes ownership within the community.
      • Design a playground that encourages physical activity and promotes general well being.
      • Design a playground of low maintenance, without undermining the aesthetic and functional qualities that make it attractive to the community.
      • Design a playground using materials designed to minimize the risk of personal injury.
      • Design a playground using the best quality tried and tested materials that comply with Australian Standards.

          PPE – Personal Protection Equipment

    Notice to all installers / employees

    1. Safety Glasses – worn when drilling, cutting & grinding.
    2. Steel cap boots – At all times.
    3. Ear protection  – When using equipment such as grinders , jackhammer & hammer drills etc ).
    4. Safety vests – At all times.
    5. Sun Protection – slip slop slap.
    6. Gloves – when cutting , removing old debris & general handling of materials.