Playground & Recreational Safety

Playing is indispensable for the intellectual, social, motoric and emotional development of children. Playground equipment and other recreational objects can therefore be found everywhere in our living environment. Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, amusement parks, schoolyards, swimming pools and sports grounds are just a few examples. Children can only enjoy the beneficial effects of play if it can take place in a safe environment.

In The Netherlands, all playground equipment that is not intended for private use needs to be inspected in compliance with the Commodities Act on Attractions and Playground Equipment (Warenwetbesluit Attractie- en Speeltoestellen). MME Group has been appointed by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport to inspect and certify playground equipment according to the applicable standards.

Quite literally, supporting A Longer Life starts with creating a safe playing environment for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society.

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Outdoor playground equipment

Inspection and certification of outdoor playground equipment and shock absorbing surfaces according to NEN-EN 1176-1 to 11 standards

Indoor playground equipment

Inspection and certification of indoor playground equipment and shock absorbing surfaces according to NEN-EN 1176-1 to 10 standards

Inflatable play equipment

Inspection and certification of inflatable trampolines according to NEN-EN 14960 standard

Water slides

Inspection and certification of water slides according to NEN-EN 1069-1 and 2 standards

Water play equipment & spray parks

Inspection and certification of water play equipment and spray parks according to NEN-EN 13451-1 to 3 standards

Natural playing environments

Inspection and certification of natural playing environments according to NEN-EN 1176-1 to 11 standards

Climbing parks and walls

Inspection of climbing parks and climbing walls

Skate parks

Inspection and certification of skate parks according to NEN-EN 14974 standard

Safety surfaces (HIC test)

Inspection and certification of impact attenuating surfaces (Head Injury Criterion test) according to NEN-EN 1177 standard

  • What is playground equipment?

    According to the Dutch law, playground equiment is any equipment or installation that is meant for entertainment or recreation that exclusively uses gravity and/or human muscle power. This includes swings, slides, seesaws, carousels, cableways, water slides, inflatable play equipment, skate parks, etc. 

  • Which playground equipment should be inspected and certified?

    All playground equipment that was in use before 26 March 1997 (water slides before 21 April 2000) doesn't have to be certified by an appointed inspection body. The equipment has to be safe for use nonetheless. This can be determined through an inspection.

    Playground equipment that was produced and / or put in operation after these dates must be certified for compliance with the Dutch Commodities Act on Attractions and Playground Equipment (Warenwetbesluit Attractie- en Speeltoestellen) by an appointed inspection body such as MME Group. 

  • How do I make sure my playground equipment stays safe to use?

    If you as an owner have the certificate of approval that was provided by the manufacturer or supplier, you partly comply with the Dutch law. In addition, the equipment has to be installed according to the manual and inspections have to be carried out. You should keep and up-to-date- logbook with information about inspections and maintenance. MME Group can take care of the operational and yearly inspections for you. 

Playground & Recreational Services

Statutory inspections
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In-service inspections
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Head Injury Criterion (HIC) Test
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News & Events

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20-05-2019
New Playground and Recreational Safety Division
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