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NJ Laws You Need To Know Before Building A Commercial Playground

By Whirl Construction (537 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on November 25, 2015

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Before starting out with building your commercial playground, there are a few rules and regulations that you will need to know. These standards have been put in place for the safety of New Jersey children and non-compliance to them can be a criminal offense.

The rules have been adopted from various sources and outline topics, such as the materials required to construct a playground, access routes to the playground and ongoing maintenance required to ensure safety is kept to a high standard.

Avoid the struggle of learning your playground is non-compliant after you’ve constructed it by following these important rules.

Guidelines from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

New Jersey makes up one of the 16 states that have adopted the CPSC Guidelines contained within the Public Playground Safety Handbook. Playgrounds that follow the CPSC guidelines have an average of a B safety rating, whereas playgrounds in states that do not follow it attain an average C-.

The handbook defines a playground as being a public space used for children between 6 months and 12 years. It covers important playground aspects, such as equipment materials, safety surface requirements, playground layout and maintenance. It is essential you read this document before designing your playground.

It has been a law since 1999 in New Jersey that the guidelines from the CPSC be followed in regards to playground safety. Failure to adhere to the guidelines could result in prosecution.

New Jersey Playground Subcode

The New Jersey Playground Subcode, in combination with the Public Playground Safety Handbook, is the document that further defines the use of the Handbook. It details that only the guidelines for design, installation, inspection and maintenance are mandatory and that areas such as supervision and training defined in the Public Playground Safety Handbook need only be taken as advice. A playground is further defined as any play equipped area designed to facilitate 6 or more children.

New Jersey Barrier-Free Subcode

The New Jersey Barrier-Free Subcode is also a document that must be followed when planning your commercial playground. The document outlines the provisions you must make for ensuring there is an accessible route to the equipment and the percentage of the equipment that must be usable by disabled children as specified by the manufacturer (25%). Have a careful read, especially if you are providing a commercial playground in combination with other facilities such as a mini golf course.

For further reading about playground safety in New Jersey you can have a browse through the Department of Community Affairs website to view the full range of materials available on the subject. The department is also available to provide assistance if you have any questions regarding the setup of your playground.

Use these documents to help in the design and layout of your commercial playground to ensure you are always keeping the children’s safety paramount. If you are unsure of any of the wording, feel like you don’t understand something fully, or have a question otherwise not covered in the text, make sure to reach out to the state department for full clarification on the matter. After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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