Several states have playground safety laws but only the State of California requires mandatory inspection by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. These inspections verify that all playgrounds are compliant with the playground related specifications of the American Society of Testing and Materials and playground related guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Some states only require compliance with the guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The information on this web page may be a valuable resource for information about playground safety in all states but it is specifically designed for use in California. Before using this information you should research the specific requirements in your state. The information on this site may not be totally appropriate for use in all states. If your state does not have a playground safety law then these two documents are generally accepted as the “Standard of Care” and most of the information on this site should be useful.