BS EN 1176-1:2017 Playground equipment and surfacing. General safety requirements and test methods
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BS EN 1176-1:2017

Playground equipment and surfacing. General safety requirements and test methods

Status : Current   Published : November 2017



What is this standard about?

This part of EN 1176 specifies general safety requirements for permanently installed public playground equipment and surfacing. Additional safety requirements for specific pieces of playground equipment are specified in subsequent parts of this standard.

This part of EN 1176 covers playground equipment for all children. It has been prepared with full recognition of the need for supervision of young children and of less able or less competent children.

The purpose of this part of EN 1176 is to ensure a proper level of safety when playing in, on or around playground equipment, and at the same time to promote activities and features known to benefit children because they provide valuable experiences that will enable them to cope with situations outside the playground.

This part of EN 1176 is applicable to playground equipment intended for individual and collective use by children. It is also applicable to equipment and units installed as children's playground equipment although they are not manufactured as such, but exclude those items defined as toys in EN 71 and the Toys Safety Directive.

It is not applicable to adventure playgrounds with the exception of those items which have been commercially sourced.

This part of EN 1176 specifies the requirements that will protect the child from hazards that they might be unable to foresee when using the equipment as intended, or in a manner that can be reasonably anticipated.

The use of electricity in play equipment, either as a play activity or as a motive force, is outside the scope of this standard. The attention of users is drawn to European and local national standards and regulations which are to be complied with when using electricity.

Play equipment placed in water and where water can be seen as impact attenuating surfacing is not fully covered by this standard and additional risks are associated with wet environments.

The risk of exposure to excessive levels of UV radiation is not covered in this standard.

Standard NumberBS EN 1176-1:2017
TitlePlayground equipment and surfacing. General safety requirements and test methods
Publication Date14 November 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN ISO 2307:2010, EN ISO 4892-3:2016, EN 1991-1-4:2005, EN 1991-1-3:2003, EN 13411-3:2004, EN ISO 13934-1:2013, EN 818-2:1996+A1:2008, EN 1991-1-2:2002, EN 818-3:1999+A1:2008, EN ISO 9554:2010, EN 350:2016, (ISO 2307), (ISO 13934-1), EN 636, ISO 4892-3, (ISO 9554), EN 13411-5:2003, EN 335:2013, EN 351-1:2007, EN 1177:1997
Informative References(Provided for Information)CLC Guide 14, EN 71, EN 12572, EN 1176-3:2017, CEN/TR 16598:2014, EN 933-1:2012, CEN/TR 16879:2016, EN 1176-10:2008, EN 13219:2008, EN 913:2008, EN 1176-2:2017, EN 1176-7:2008
ReplacesBS EN 1176-1:2008
International RelationshipsEN 1176-1:2017
Amended ByCorrigendum, May 2019; Corrigendum, May 2019
DescriptorsDangerous materials, Dimensions, Safety measures, Ropes, Access, Playgrounds, Flammability, Outdoor sports equipment, Leisure equipment, Marking, Safety devices, Link chains, Foundations, Inspection, Wood, Loading, Surface defects, Wire ropes, Holes, Factor of safety, Guard rails, Clearances, Metals, Hazards, Playground equipment, Hand-rails, Mathematical calculations, Maintenance, Barriers, Design, Ladders, Stairs, Children
Title in FrenchÉquipements et sols d’aires de jeux Exigences de sécurité et méthodes d’essai générales
Title in GermanSpielplatzgeräte und Spielplatzböden Allgemeine sicherheitstechnische Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren
ISBN978 0 539 05020 2
File Size2.322 MB
NotesThis British Standard is the UK implementation of EN 1176-1:2017. It supersedes BS EN 1176-1:2008 which will be withdrawn on the 31st October 2018 to provide a reasonable implementation period

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