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DIN EN 1177:2018 Impact Attenuating Playground Surfacing – Test Methods for Determining Impact Attenuation


Fall protection surfaces vary in terms of cost, minimum installation thickness and cleaning and care requirements. It should be noted that the most important property of these surfaces is the safety-related shock absorption. This is the surface's ability to reduce the impact energy that occurs when a child falls from a piece of play equipment. It prevents a critical, even life-threatening, injury.

Let the water flow! In playgrounds? Safety guaranteed? For sure!

Everybody knows the reservations of operators, landscape architects and, finally, parents. Yes, water entails risks. However, ultimately there are standards and regulations that govern the use and handling of water as a potential play element.

Changes for German child day care centres ‒ the regulations of public sector accident insurers

Child day care centres provide facilities for teaching and the socialisation of children at quite different stages of development across a relatively wide age range. In Germany, they come in the form of crèches for children aged less...

Poisonous plants on playgrounds

It is important to be able to experience nature. We need to be able to allow our children to discover through their own senses how things taste, smell and feel. And there is nothing that children enjoy more than playing outdoors in a natural...

The requirements for the safety of network playground equipment

Whenever the subject of safety comes up, the emotions come into play. Sentiments such as fear, trust and the willingness to face up to risk determine the extent of security that each individual will feel to be appropriate in given circumstances...

Playground inspections: extravagant and unnecessary requirements?

For more than 30 years, generally recognised provisions that apply to technical products, such as the standards relevant to playgrounds, have been in place. But who decides how the relevant requirements are to be applied? What do the operators of playgrounds and leisure facilities need to do? Is there anyone who will explain to them what is required of them as operators? Why is it necessary at all for operators to undertake inspections, maintenance and repair work? Recent developments and some examples.

05.11.2014 - St. Sebastian: from a Church to a Day-care Centre

In Münster, St. Sebastian offers an alternative to the demolition of a former church.

05.11.2014 - EPDM mulch surfacing for a “green classroom”

Meller Melos GmbH donated an EPDM surface covering to the IGS Melle school complex in Spring. The centrepiece of the installation, which bears the name “green classroom” within the larger school complex, is a sheltered, circular spot underneath the shade of some trees, and which has been covered with EPDM mulch material.

15.04.2015 - Necessity of the use of shock-absorbing surfacing materials for various outdoor and indoor applications

We know from crash tests that the severity of an injury does not always correlate with the maximum strain at the measuring point, hence for example with the impact-induced acceleration of the head. In order to be able to describe...

15.10.2015 - Aspects of fall protection surfacing

One of the most important factors when constructing a new playground is to ensure that the correct surfacing is used. The first thing is to make sure that the fall protection surfacing does what it is meant to do and thus conforms to the requirements of the German version of standard EN 1176 part 1.

19.02.2016 - Playground inspections: extravagant and unnecessary requirements?

For more than 30 years, generally recognised provisions that apply to technical products, such as the standards relevant to playgrounds, have been in place. But who decides how the relevant requirements are to be applied? What do the operators of playgrounds and leisure facilities need to do? Is there anyone who will explain to them what is required of them as operators? Why is it necessary at all for operators to undertake inspections, maintenance and repair work? Recent developments and some examples.

15.12.2016 - Changes for German child day care centres ‒ the regulations of public sector accident insurers

Child day care centres provide facilities for teaching and the socialisation of children at quite different stages of development across a relatively wide age range. In Germany, they come in the form of crèches for children aged less...

15.12.2016 - Poisonous plants on playgrounds

It is important to be able to experience nature. We need to be able to allow our children to discover through their own senses how things taste, smell and feel. And there is nothing that children enjoy more than playing outdoors in a natural...

15.12.2016 - The requirements for the safety of network playground equipment

Whenever the subject of safety comes up, the emotions come into play. Sentiments such as fear, trust and the willingness to face up to risk determine the extent of security that each individual will feel to be appropriate in given circumstances...

05.12.2018 - Let the water flow! In playgrounds? Safety guaranteed? For sure!

Everybody knows the reservations of operators, landscape architects and, finally, parents. Yes, water entails risks. However, ultimately there are standards and regulations that govern the use and handling of water as a potential play element.

05.12.2018 - DIN EN 1177:2018 Impact Attenuating Playground Surfacing – Test Methods for Determining Impact Attenuation


Fall protection surfaces vary in terms of cost, minimum installation thickness and cleaning and care requirements. It should be noted that the most important property of these surfaces is the safety-related shock absorption. This is the surface's ability to reduce the impact energy that occurs when a child falls from a piece of play equipment. It prevents a critical, even life-threatening, injury.