SF Rec and Parks to Host National Playground Safety Training

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SF Rec and Parks to Host National Playground Safety Training
SF Rec and Parks Implements Playground Safety Bill SB 2733

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to host a national playground safety course and exam starting Tuesday, August 30, 2011 as part of the effort of implementing the Playground Safety Bill SB 2733.  The training will be conducted in partnership with National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) and California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS).

“We are committed to promote healthy recreational activities and offer safe playground equipment for our children and families.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager.  “We ensure our team is well-trained to making our playgrounds and parks safer and cleaner for our City.”

California is the first state to go one step further in creating strict regulations regarding playground safety with the Playground Safety Bill SB 2733.  All entities with playgrounds are now required to conform to regulations requiring initial inspections, routine inspections, and maintenance.  The purpose of the training is to ensure recreation and parks professionals are able to identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground, rank the hazards according to injury potential, and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections.

SB 2733 was signed into law on September 21, 1990. This Bill requires strict regulations governing the design, installation and maintenance of playgrounds and inform playground operators of safety hazards, encouraging improvements. CA Department of Health Services was responsible for the development of the regulations. AB 1055 was signed into law October 7, 1999.

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