Playground Safety Standards
| IPEMA Playground Equipment Certification
The International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association. In the interest of public playground safety, IPEMA provides a third party certification service whereby a designated independent laboratory validates a manufacturer's certification of conformance to the ASTM F1487 (excluding section 10 and 12.6.1), and the Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications for Playground Equipment for Public Use, standard. The use of this seal in GameTime's catalog signifies that GameTime has received written validation from the independent laboratory that the product associated with the use of this seal conforms with the requirements of ASTM F1487. A complete list of validated products may be found at IPEMA's web site: http://www.ipema.org
Consumer Alert: There is a difference between being an IPEMA Member and having your products certified by IPEMA. These are not the same thing. Anyone can join IPEMA, a manufacturer or individual. When considering a playground manufacturer, make sure the product you are purchasing is actually IPEMA Certified. Look for the red certified seal or ask the manufacturer for a certificate of proof.
| CPSC Playground Standards
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent agency within the United States Federal Government with the authority to inform the public of current product safety performance information and recommended practices. The CPSC first published their guidelines for public playgrounds in 1981 and have updated their publication several times over the past 25 years, most recently in November, 2010. The current CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety, publication #325, is an excellent guide for owners and operators of public play environments. This publication on Public Playground Safety is available as a free PDF Download. The CPSC also offers many other publications regarding Playground Safety on their Playground Publication website.
| ASTM Playground Standards
The American Society for Testing and Materials is an independent and world renowned developer of technical standards utilized in testing a multitude of products. ASTM's F15.29 committee, chaired by Dr. Francis Wallach, met consistently for over a decade in the continual development of the F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications for Playground Equipment for Public Use. The original standard, F1487-93 was published in 1993 and subsequently replaced in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2007 and by the current version F1487-11. This publication can be purchased from ASTM's website or a complimentary copy can be provided by GameTime and David Williams & Associates.
| Access Board
The Access Board (The United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board) has completed Accessibility Guidelines for Play Facilities as set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Final Report of the Regulatory Negotiation Committee is available here. GameTime is the leader in Accessible Playground Equipment for public playgrounds with our Wide Wheelchair Ramps and on-deck Slide Transfer system. For assistance on the Department of Justice's ADA regulations or use of standards, visit www.ada.org
| CSA International
The Canadian Standards Association is an independent and renowned developer of technical standards utilized in evaluating a multitude of products. The CSA Guideline on Children's Playspaces and Equipment originally released in June 1991 edition and the current version is CSA-Z614-14, entitled A Guideline on Children's Playspaces and Equipment. The CSA guidelines are predominantly harmonized with the ASTM F1487 standard.
| TUV SÜD America
An international organization that is a European Union Notified and Competent Body, providing testing and certification. Use of the TÜV SÜD America seal demonstrates that products have passed a comprehensive testing procedure based upon the European Harmonized Standard for Commercial Playground Equipment, and that the GameTime plant is regularly monitored by TÜV SÜD America.