Recording / Making Playground Safety and Management a Top Priority Series / Putting Your Maintenance Plan into Action

Recorded On: 08/22/2023

Making Playground Safety and Management a Top Priority Series

Putting Your Plan into Action

While the needs and benefits of maintaining play spaces are important, so is understating how to create a plan and implement it. The Putting Your Plan into Action session will share information on the role and general responsibilities of the individual(s) (e.g., Playground Safety Program Coordinator) who would conduct routine visual inspections of play areas, operational and annual inspections, post-installation compliance and assessment, and hazard analysis and benefit-risk assessment of playground layout and design. Identifying the knowledge and competency required for these various subjects required for each type of playground inspection will be shared during the session. Most importantly, the underlying philosophy for conducting routine playground inspections will be discussed..

  1. Identify at least three (3) Playground Safety Program Coordinator responsibilities.
  2. Recognize the main objective of each type of playground inspection.
  3. Outline the depth of knowledge required in each type of playground inspection and the underlying philosophy for conducting a routine inspection.
  4. Identify at least two (2) training resources available to train the owner’s inspectors.

Ken Kustka

Executive Director

International Playground Safety Institute, LLC

Ken Kutska is one of a few individuals who has been involved since the 1970s in the evolution of the public playground industry safety standards, he was co-founder and instructor of the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) National Playground Safety Institute and its internationally recognized Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program. He is also an instructor for the 2-day Playground Maintenance Technician course which offers a Certificate of Completion through Clemson University. He continues to promote safe, challenging public play spaces for all people as a member of the advisory board for the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) Voice of Play, as a founding member of the U.S. Play Coalition, an NRPA Past President and member of their Ambassador Committee, and Chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F15.29 Subcommittee on performance requirements for public play equipment. Lastly, he is the Co-Chair of ASTM Working Group which created the ASTM F3101-15 Standard Specification for Unsupervised Public Use Outdoor Fitness Equipment.

Lloyd Reese

Vice President Technical Product Management


Lloyd Reese has 30 years of experience in the ideation and development of products serving the play and recreation market. He actively serves on numerous ASTM, CSA, and ISO play related committees and is currently vice chair of ASTM F08.63 Playground surfacing systems. Lloyd is also a founding member of IPEMA and is currently serving his second term as president of that organization, in addition to chairing the IPEMA surfacing certification program and serving on the equipment certification committee.

This session will offer the following credits:



CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Obtaining your CEU Credit
Step 1: Complete Putting Plan into Action Survey
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Step 3: Download Putting Plan into Action Certificate
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU) credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU) credit  |  Certificate available