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Risk and Safety in Play

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ISBN13: 9780419223702
ISBN: 0419223703
Published: March 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Paperback
Price: £60.99



Adventure playgrounds are a flexible and exciting form of provision offering children opportunities of free play increasingly denied to them elsewhere. They are unique in their aim to provide exploration of their natural world, manipulatioin of a variety of tools and materials, challenging physical activity and spontaneous creativity in a single site with the added security of skilled supervision. Risk and Safety in Play draws on PLAYLINKS 35 years experience with adventure playgrounds and the findings of its three year development project 'Quality Play and Safety.' The text has been widely researched and commented on by playworkers, managers and safety experts. Risk and Safety in Play is an essential handbook for practitioners. It reviews the theory and practice of adventure playgrounds, introduces recent changes to legislation and gives guidance on the interpretation of legal responsibilities. Particular attention is paid to the duty to carry out risk assessments and the book shows how they fit into the values and the daily management of adventure playgrounds.;Backed by PLAYLINK's advisory and technical services, appendices provide pro forma checklists, consent and report forms for photocopying and information on further reading and useful contacts. This book is intended for all those working as play officers, playworkers, playground designers or consultants in supervised play provision, legal advisers and regulatory authorities. It will also be of interest to anyone involved in leisure and recreation management and the design and construction of sports facilities.

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Contents:
Part 1 - introduction. The legal framework. The Health and Safety at Work Act and Children Act. Staffing and training. Site and building. Structures and play features. Materials and equipment. Tools and equipment. Health and hygiene. Accidents and emergencies. Activities off site.
Part 2. The Health and Safety Regulations: reporting of injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurances regulations, 1992; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 1988 (COSHH); Workplace (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations, 1992; Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1992; Manual Handling Operations Regulations, 1992; Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989; Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, 1994. Other significant legislation: the Occupiers Liability Acts of 1957 and 1984; Food and Environmental Protection Act, 1989, Part III the Control of Pesticides Regulations; Consumer Protection Act, 1987; Fire Precaution Act, 1971, ammended by the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Acts, 1987; Furniture and Funishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations, 1988 (as amended in 1989); Food Safety Act, 1990 and the Food Hygiene Regulations, 1991; Data Protection Act, 1984; Environmental Protection Act, 1990 Part II Safety Signs Regulations, 1980. Appendices: list of contributors; health and safety executive offices; model risk assessment form; list of useful organisations; further reading; site checklist; building checklist; closing down checklist; portable hand-held equipment checklist; exclusion periods for common infectious diseases; contents of first aid box; how to deal with blood and body fluid spillages; model off site activities content form; minibus drivers' and escorts' checklist; travelling by minibus, some rules for children; wheelchair lifts, advice and regulations; good practice in lifting. Index.