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

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dc.contributor.author Sherker, S
dc.contributor.author Ritchie, J
dc.contributor.author Eager, DM
dc.contributor.author Dennis, R
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:51:44Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2009, 20 (1), pp. 31 - 36
dc.identifier.issn 1036-1073
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.
dc.publisher Australian Health Promotion Assoc
dc.title Soft landings: encouraging compliance with safety standards in Local Government Authority playgrounds
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Health Promotion Journal of Australia
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 20
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 Health Promotion
dc.personcode 950815
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
dc.description.keywords playground falls
dc.description.keywords safety standards
dc.description.keywords compliance
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology/School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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