March 18, 2004 • Vol. XXVII • No. 28

Deadline Approaches for Playground Safety Compliance

Under the Playground Safety Subcode for New Jersey, all governmental, nonprofit and for-profit private entities must upgrade and improve all playground surfaces by October 18, 2004. These requirements apply to school districts. The upcoming compliance deadlines are as follows:

October 18, 2004—All governmental, nonprofit and for-profit private entities operating playgrounds must upgrade their playgrounds, by either replacement or improvement, as necessary to comply with the subcode for surfacing.
October 18, 2007—All governmental and for-profit private entities operating playgrounds must upgrade their playgrounds, by either replacement or improvement, as necessary to comply with the subcode for all other elements, or in the case of governmental entities, when state funds are made available.
October 18, 2014—All nonprofit entities operating playgrounds shall upgrade their playgrounds, by either replacement or improvement, as necessary to comply with the subcode for all other elements.

Newly constructed playgrounds, and all new and replacement equipment installed by April 18, 2000, were to conform to the requirements of the playground subcode.

Playground upgrades and new installations must comply with the 1997 edition of the Handbook for Public Playground Safety, which is produced by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The guidelines govern design, installation, inspection and maintenance of playgrounds and playground equipment. Click here to locate these guidelines. For further information, contact the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards, at 609-984-7609.

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