Play Provision Standards and Inspections
Reforming play equipment and surfacing Standards: a few thoughts
I think it fair to say that within the broad community of play advocates – play designers, landscape architects, play provision providers, pedagogues – play equipment and surfacing Standards have not been a hot topic of debate or contention. For some they were, and continue to be, a form of assurance as to the ‘safety’… Continue reading
A renewed, misguided ASTM attempt to change surfacing standards, a Guardian editorial and risk-benefit assessment
‘Bicycle helmets save lives’ a Guardian editorial pointed out today (27.09.2016) referrencing recent Australian research. The editorial then posed the question: Should wearing cycle helmets be made compulsory? Now read on for the editorial’s succinct explication of a form of reasoning we have come to know as risk-benefit assessment. ‘From the point of view of… Continue reading
There is a link, I promise: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and play
I accept that at first blush it might seem odd to link words such as play, children, teenagers, risk-taking to the international trade talks currently being conducted between the European Union and the United States of America. But there is a link, and it is potentially a threatening one. The talks, known as the Transatlantic… Continue reading
After Standards’ reform: The sunny uplands of possibility?
As a topic of conversation, the role and scope of play equipment and surfacing standards may appear somewhat dry and technical, a bit of a turn-off. But consider this: The playground equipment and surfacing industry here in the UK has an estimated annual turnover in the order of £170m – £200m, a significant proportion of… Continue reading
Standards: Time for reform?
It’s often hard to predict what will generate an active interest in an issue. The issue may have been around for a good deal of time, indeed may have been a source of worry or irritation but, somehow, the matter appears impenetrable, difficult to grasp. Such, arguably, is how many play provision providers have felt… Continue reading
My name is Bernard Spiegal, I write mainly about Palestine/Israel and related issues; sometimes other stuff too