Looking to install a playground at your facility? IPEMA certified playground equipment ensures compliance with ASTM standards, so you can rest assured children are safe at play. IPEMA resources include tips to choose the right surfacing for your playground, a public playground safety certification program, an ADA checklist reference guide and more.

What is the IPEMA?

The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is a membership, trade association committed to promoting play, while encouraging public safety through the provision of certification programs. IPEMA certifies both public play equipment and playground surfacing materials. Products are validated by a third party for compliance with one or more of the following ASTM standards:

  • ASTM F1487-17 – Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use
  • CAN/CSA-Z614-14 – Children’s Playspaces and Equipment
  • ASTM F1292-17a – Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials Within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment Standard
  • ASTM F2075-15 – Standard Specification For Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment
  • ASTM F3012-14 – Standard Specification For Loose‐Fill Rubber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface under and around Playground Equipment

The Importance of Safe Surfacing

Studies show nearly 70 percent of playground injuries are a result of falls from equipment to the ground. Additionally, the height of the fall has been identified as the principal risk factor. This type of injury typically occurs when falling from equipment requiring the use of upper body strength such as monkey bars or jungle gyms. Shock absorbing protective surfacing around and under the playground has been shown to greatly reduce the likelihood of such injuries to children. With this in mind, IPEMA certified playground equipment is tested at the fall height rating determined by the manufacturer, based on the manufacturer’s knowledge and experience of the product.

In an effort to further improve playground safety, the IPEMA offers additional tips and guidelines for consumers. Review IPEMA’s “Top 10 Playground Safety Questions Everyone Should Ask” here.

All Pro Playgrounds’ playground equipment products are IPEMA certified, tested for compliance with ASTM standards and installed by our expert team of playground professionals. Browse our selection of IPEMA certified playground equipment here.