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August 18, 2009 - Designed to reduce likelihood of life-threatening or debilitating injuries, ASTM standard F1148, Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment, no longer allows home playground sets with swings that attach to upper body component. Change will eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as conflicts in circulation patterns and children falling from upper body component onto underlying or adjacent swinging component.

ASTM Consumer Products Committee Revises Home Playground Equipment Standard

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ASTM International
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Press release date: August 14, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., August 14, 2009-A recent revision to ASTM standard F1148, Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment, reflects the purpose of the standard, which is to reduce the likelihood of life-threatening or debilitating injuries. The revised version of ASTM F1148 no longer allows home playground sets designed with swings that attach to an upper body component (such as "monkey bars").

According to Teresa Hendy, president, Site Masters Inc., and chair of Subcommittee F15.09 on Home Playground Equipment, this change will eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as:

  • Conflicts in circulation patterns;
  • Conflicts in use patterns;
  • Children falling from an upper body component onto an underlying or adjacent swinging component and becoming injured; or
  • Children attempting to access an upper body component from a swinging component and becoming injured.

    "ASTM F1148 shows manufacturers and owner/operators design criteria based on research, injury data and what is common practice in the industry," says Scott Burton, president, Safety Play Inc., and an F15.09 member. "Eliminating the combination of monkey bars over swings in the revised ASTM standard also aids purchasers. With F1148-09, an informed consumer can decide not to purchase playground equipment with that design incorporated into it."

    ASTM F1148 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.09, part of ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products. Participation in Subcommittee F15.09 on future revisions to ASTM F1148 is welcome, particularly from consumers.

    ASTM International standards are available for purchase from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; or at For technical information, contact: Teresa Hendy, Site Masters Inc. (phone: 513-922-1499;; or Scott Burton, Safety Play Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla. (phone: 727-522-0061; ASTM Committee F15 meets Dec. 7-9 at ASTM International headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa.

    ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Leonard Morrissey, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9719;

    Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

    Contact: Barbara Schindler, ASTM International 100 Barr Harbor Drive, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428 610-832-9603;;

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