What is ASTM
The simple answer, American Society for Testing and Materials , ASTM International, West Conshohochen, NJ. The ASTM is a 100 year old organization that has become a world known and recognized source for standards related to materials, products and systems. These are usually recognized by the authorities, specialists and experts within specific subject areas. There are over 12,000 standards listed in 77 volumes. This is light reading material for those not familiar with an industry. Your playground professional should be familiar with the context or usage of the standards, or may relay on a manufacturer to follow standards . For more information, visit them at https://www.astm.org/.
Here is one of the more commonly referred to PLAYGROUND standards from the ASTM:
ASTM F1487-07ae1 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use: Purpose to provide safety and performance standards of public playground equipment and reduce life threatening and debilitating injuries.
What are all those numbers?
F1487 is the publication
07 is the year of adoption or revision
Following characters represent revisions or editorial changes
Here are additional ASTM documents that may relate to your playground
D2240 Test Method for Rubber Property- Durometer Hardness
F406 Consumer Safety Specifications for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs and Play Yards
F698 Specification for Physical Information to be provided for Amusement Rides and Devices
F846 Guide for Testing Performance of Amusement Rides and Devices
F853 Practice for Maintenance Procedures for Amusement Rides and Devices
F963 Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety
F893 Guide for Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices
F963 Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety
F1004 Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Fasteners
F1077 Guide for the Selection of Committee F16 Fastener Specifications
F1148 Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment: This consumer safety specification provides safety requirements for various types of home playground equipment intended for use by children aged from over eighteen months through 10 years. It further provides such requirements for swings intended specifically for toddlers
F1159 Practice for Design and Manufacture of Patron Directed, Artificial Climbing Walls, Dry Slide, Coin Operated, and Purposeful Water Immersion Amusement Rides and Devices and Air-Supported Systems
F1292 Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials Within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment: This specification specifies impact attenuation performance requirements for playground surfaces and surfacing materials and provides a means of determining impact attenuation performance using a test method that simulates the impact of a child ' s head with the surface.
F1551 -09 Standard Test Methods for Comprehensive Characterization of Synthetic Turf Playing Surfaces and Materials
F1882 -06 Standard Specification for Residential Basketball Systems
F1918 Safety Performance Specification for Soft Contained Play Equipment
F1931 -98(2004) Standard Test Method for Characterization of Gymnastic Landing Mats and Floor Exercise Surfaces
F1936 -10 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Turf Playing Systems as Measured in the Field
F1951 Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment: This specification establishes minimum characteristics for those factors that determine accessibility.
F2049 Fences/Barriers for Public, Commercial, and Multi-Family Residential Use Outdoor Play Areas
F2056 -09 Standard Safety and Performance Specification for Soccer Goals
F2075 Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment: Establishes minimum characteristics including size, consistency, purity and draining of wood fiber.
F2223 Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing: Standards for selecting and specifying surface systems under and around playground equipment. This guide is to be used to assist the playground owner/operator, specifier, designer, etc., in determining the properties that can be considered with regard to the protective surfacing in the playground.
F2373 Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Public Use Playground Equipment for Children 6 Months through 23 Months: This consumer safety performance specification provides safety and performance requirements for various types of public use play equipment such as, but not limited to, composite play structures, climbing structures, to-fro swings, spring rocking equipment, and slides.
F2375 -09 Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, Installation and Testing of Climbing Nets and Netting/Mesh used in Amusement Rides, Devices, Play Areas and Attractions
F2461 -09 Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment
F2479 Standard Guide for Specification, Purchase, Installation and Maintenance of Poured in Place Playground Surfacing
WK24383 New Specification for Sand used under and around Playground Equipment
WK28668 - New Specification for Loose-fill Rubber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment
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