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9) Controlling risks and hazards

Two children examining the fixings on park play equipmentUsing any outdoor play equipment carries some risk. Students should identify possible risks when children use the proposed new play equipment. How could these risks be minimised? Looking at photographs of new playparks will help students identify potential hazards in their own designs. They could think about:

  • Non-slip surfaces.
  • Tamper-proof fixings.
  • Easy-grip surfaces.
  • Moulded safety edges (no sharp corners).
  • Moving parts.
  • Health and safety signs. What information needs to be conveyed and where should signage be placed?
  • Ground surfaces. Will students create safe surfaces using synthetic materials such as rubber or sponge, or natural materials such as wood chippings, bark, grass or sand?