Head Injury Criterion (HIC) Test

Safety surfaces play a crucial role in mitigating the risks associated with playground equipment. Where children play, falls are a given. The shock absorbing properties of the surface directly underneath and surrounding the equipment determine whether a fall can lead to serious (head) injuries.

Many playgrounds are therefore outfitted with artificial surface material which has a certified shock absorption rating. Other surface materials such as sand, grass or wood chips are also used. Because the properties of the surface can deteriorate over time, it is necessary to include this aspect in inspections.

To check whether a surface meets the requirements, we have special equipment to carry out a Head Injury Criterion (HIC) test according to the NEN-EN 1177 standard.

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MME Group is accredited by the Council of Accreditation in accordance with EN-ISO/IEC 17020 as a type A inspection body for periodic inspections for the commissioning of playground, sports and recreational equipment.

All inspectors of our Playground and Recreational Safety Division are accredited by the Dutch Safe Playgrounds Foundation as 2-star SVS inspectors. The purpuse of this accreditation is to ensure quality of inspections and increase the safety of playground equipment in the public space.

For more information about our inspectors you can query the Dutch Safe Playgrounds Foundation Database

René van Tilborg

Manager Playground & Recreational Safety
+31 (0) 167 52 50 39

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