VELOCITY IMPACT TESTING
HOW TO SCHEDULE IMPACT TESTING ?
There is a very limited amount of companies that provide Impact Testing. There is no set fee for the test and the cost will vary depending on the travel time and the number of sites to be tested. Please call or email if you are interested in a quote for impact testing. Your first priority should be having the playground equipment certified.
The TRIAX TOUCH system is the latest evolution of playground surface impact test systems fully compliant with American (ASTM F1292) European (EN1177) and many other (CSA, AUS) standards for the measurement of shock (G) and head injury criteria (HIC) values as would be experienced during an impact of a head on a surface system
The TRIAX TOUCH system includes a PC application that speeds the creation and archiving of test reports, which show all impact test data along with a date / time stamp and user comments. The test results cannot be altered, particularly important to risk managers wanting to ensure data has not been tampered with should a legal action commence.
IS IMPACT TESTING REQUIRED?
Impact testing is not required by law. Purchasing a product that is certified to comply with the requirements of ASTM F 1292 and has a “Critical Height” that exceeds the “Fall Height of your equipment is the minimum requirement. Surfacing materials can match or exceed the cost of the play equipment so field testing can be a good way to protect your investment. Visual Playground Safety Inspections as required by the California Playground Safety Regulations cannot certify that the Surface materials are compliant. Impact testing is the only way to be sure that the product you have installed meets or exceeds the requirements.
WHAT IS IMPACT ATTENUATION?
ASTM F 1487 requires that all surfacing used in play areas must comply with the requirements of ASTM F 1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface Systems under and around Playground Equipment. Manmade surfacing materials like Engineered Wood Fiber, Poured in Place surfacing, rubber tiles and loose fill rubber products are be lab tested for Impact Attenuation.