Risk and Safety in Play: The Law and Practice for Adventure Playgrounds

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Chapter 7

Tools and work equipment

7.1 INTRODUCTION
In an adventure playground, staff, volunteers and children will all be participants in the construction and maintenance of facilities, and in doing so will use tools and work equipment. It can be satisfying and enjoyable for all concerned, but raises issues of health and safety which reach beyond those in conventional working environments. Decisions concerning the safe use of tools must be based on the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992 which requires employers to ensure the provision of safe working equipment. Other Regulations which are relevant are the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 as interpreted by the Health and Safety Executive Guidance Note GS 23 (Electrical Safety in Schools), which includes regulations and guidance on the provision of electrical tools. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 include provisions relating to tools and work equipment.
7.2 SELECTION OF TOOLS AND WORK EQUIPMENT
Suitable and appropriate tools and work equipment must be provided on adventure playgrounds. The actual tools and work equipment chosen for an adventure playground will depend upon the range of activities undertaken. Employers are required to ensure that work equipment is constructed or adapted to be suitable for the purpose for which it is to be provided. This requires an assessment of:
• the initial condition of the equipment;
• the place where it is to be used;
• the purpose for which it is to be used.

On an adventure playground the abilities of the users should also be considered when selecting tools and work equipment, for example those which are to be used by children.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Play Statement x
  • Part One 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Further Reading 7
  • Chapter 1 - The Legal Framework 9
  • Chapter 2 - The Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and the Children Act 1989 13
  • 2.8 Further Reading 27
  • Chapter 3 - Staffing and Training 29
  • Chapter 4 - Adventure Playground Site and Building 41
  • 4.8 Further Reading 59
  • Chapter 5 - Structures and Play Features 61
  • Chapter 6 - Materials and Equipment 101
  • Chapter 7 - Tools and Work Equipment 119
  • Chapter 8 - Health and Hygiene 131
  • Chapter 9 - Accidents and Emergencies 141
  • Chapter 10 - Activities off the Site 153
  • Part Two - Summaries of Legislation and Regulation 167
  • Chapter 11 - Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, the Regulations 169
  • Chapter 12 - Other Significant Legislation 185
  • Appendix 1 193
  • Appendix 2 194
  • Appendix 3 197
  • Appendix 4 199
  • Appendix 5 201
  • Appendix 6 203
  • Appendix 7 215
  • Appendix 8 223
  • Appendix 9 225
  • Appendix 10 227
  • Appendix 11 228
  • Appendix 12 229
  • Appendix 13 231
  • Appendix 14 233
  • Appendix 15 237
  • Appendix 16 239
  • Appendix 17 240
  • Appendix 18 241
  • Appendix 19 243
  • Index 247
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