Soft landings: encouraging compliance with safety standards in Local Government Authority playgrounds

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dc.contributor.author Sherker, Shauna en_US
dc.contributor.author Ritchie, Jan en_US
dc.contributor.author Eager, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Dennis, R en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:51:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:51:44Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2008007853 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Sherker S et al. 2009, 'Soft landings: encouraging compliance with safety standards in Local Government Authority playgrounds', Australian Health Promotion Assoc, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 31-36. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1036-1073 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/9769
dc.description.abstract Issues addressed: Consistent with health promotion principles of good practice, addressing playground injury necessitates the creation of a supportive environment for the enhancement of wellbeing and the prevention of injuries. This study aims to survey local governments to: determine compliance with playground safety standards; establish frequency of playground inspections and maintenance; and identify motivators and barriers to compliance with safety standards. Methods: A survey of key informants for playground safety in all 152 local government councils in New South Wales (NSW) was undertaken. Results: Of 152 local councils in NSW (43 metropolitan and 109 non-metropolitan), 71.7% (n=109) completed the survey, 12.5% (n=19) refused to participate and no response was received by 15.8% (n=24). Self-reported compliance with key aspects of the standard was generally high. However, only 55% of councils complied with surface impact attenuation < 200 g(max) and < 1,000 HIC. Further, only 14.7% of councils reported impact testing the playground surface during inspections. The main motivators to compliance included: reducing risk of litigation or liability; enhancing community and child safety, and minimising the risk of injury. The main barriers included a lack of: time; personnel, and a lack of adequate and appropriate funding. Conclusions: Local Government Authorities have a duty of care to ensure the safety of playgrounds in their jurisdiction. They require time, personnel and adequate and appropriate funding in order to achieve this aim. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Australian Health Promotion Assoc en_US
dc.title Soft landings: encouraging compliance with safety standards in Local Government Authority playgrounds en_US
dc.parent Health Promotion Journal of Australia en_US
dc.journal.volume 20 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Maroochydore Dc en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 31 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 36 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111712 en_US
dc.personcode 0000032407 en_US
dc.personcode 0000030152 en_US
dc.personcode 950815 en_US
dc.personcode 0000032404 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Health Promotion en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000265229600007 en_US
dc.description.keywords playground falls; safety standards; compliance en_US


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