The new NPCAI Education Series is now available through the member-only section of our website. This series is developed to provide up-to-date, easy to read information on topics of interest to our industry.
The format is convenient for on-line viewing. When appropriate, it can be printed off for distribution to staff or customers. The layout is also conducive for use in a binder.
Career Enhancing Recreation Construction Training
A Three-Year Certification Program
Attend this course and gain knowledge regarding the following
Elements of Playground Site Design ● Pre-Construction Procedures ● Job Site Safety ● Blueprints/Specifications ● Pre-Manufactured Equipment ● Installation Manuals ● Installation Techniques ● Job Tools & Materials ● Safety Surfacing ● Job Completion Procedures ● Standards & Guidelines for the Playground Industry ● In the Field Installation Exercise
Learn the Real Dirt about Playground Construction
The RISC - Recreation Installation Specialist Course and Certification is a comprehensive course focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective Playground Installer. The curriculum, written and field-tested by and for the International Playground Contractors Association, is a must for all persons involved in building playground equipment or working with Installers.
Un-Earth the World of Playground Construction
RISC is not limited to playground contractors and installers. Attendees from municipal park departments have found the course most beneficial as they need to know what to look for when hiring playground contractors or inspecting newly installed play equipment and/or surfacing. You'll leave with more than knowledge, skills, and resources about playgrounds.
Dig Deep for Value Gained by Attending
The Recreation Installation Specialist Course sessions are taught by playground professionals reflecting the many facets of playground development: manufacturers, and professional playground installers with over 150 years of combined experience available for you. As a benefit of attending the RISC, you'll get expert advice for your toughest and most-unique playground challenges. At specified times during the school, you'll have the opportunity to share your concerns one-on-one with our playground safety experts and receive suggestions for change.
GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM & ERRORS AND OMISSIONS
Don’t Let Your Insurance Coverage Slide!
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If you’re a U.S. member of the International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI), Western Heritage makes getting insurance child’s play.
The Playground Equipment Installation program, which comes with your NPCAI membership, offers a deluxe set of features including:
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Just a note to let you know what a GREAT job Steve Carraway is doing. We are very fortunate to have someone like him assisting the members with their insurance needs. Every year it seems to get more complicated and his 25+ years in the business are invaluable.
Joining the NPCAI was the best thing we've ever done! - Karen M. Hickman, Progressive Playgrounds, Inc. 2-2011.
NPCAI WORKER’S COMPENSATION PROGRAM
Ascension Insurance Inc. is a specialized insurance brokerage offering property & casualty, employee benefits and risk management services to privately-owned and small and mid-cap publicly traded businesses, as well as non-profits, municipalities and individuals. We bring a combination of sophisticated national resources and specialized industry expertise to clients through the Ascension agencies throughout the U.S. This combination of national resources delivers the best combination of insurance coverage, service and price, and helps our clients to address the needs of their businesses and employees.
The NPCAI Worker’s Compensation Program is a members benefit program.
Applications are available by calling Ascension Insurance Agency at 1-800-482-3461 or contact Millie Wood at email@example.com.
Ascension Insurance Agency, Inc., workers compensation program are offered through a Fortune 100 carrier that has been protecting the financial future of American for over 200 years, and has been listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s Most Reputable Companies (2008). This industry leader consistently drives aggressive investment in Worker’s Compensation product enhancements, helping to ensure the long-term protection of your employees when they suffer an injury.
The NPCAI offers many benefits to its members. Such benefits include:
• An International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI) embossed membership certificate and a NPCAI membership card.
• A quarterly e-zine newsletter, "THE PLAYGROUND INSIDER", updating all members on the International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Standard for Testing Material (ASTM), ADA Access Board (ADA), International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI), National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), and National Safety Council (NCA).
• Be listed in online membership directory as potential customers can search for your information and details.
• NPCAI is making Aflac’s accident and cancer insurance policies available to our members. Aflac offers a distinct type of protection because unlike major medical health insurance, Aflac pays you (unless otherwise assigned) not the doctor or hospital. For more information, contact Eric Treu at 801-860-9100 or Steffanie Staples at 801-674-6310.
• Access to the NPCAI's website that features, links to the playground industry, news, classified listings, members lookup, discussion forum, business tools, member benefits listings, and an on-line membership directory. In addition, we offer a complementary e-mails that can be used for your company (example: firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Member discount cards for special money savings rates on business and personal auto rentals and office supplies ranging from 5% to 10% savings.
• Your company information is provided to any individual, requesting playground installers, inspectors, sales representatives, and associates.
PLAYGROUND GENERAL LIABILITY AND ERRORS & OMISSION INSURANCE
The NPCAI Group Liability Insurance Plan and Errors & Omissions Insurance covers playground safety inspectors and applications are available on the NPCAI member section of the website or call 717-724-0594.
Copper Insurance Services also provides customized Playground Insurance and risk management programs to meet the needs of both businesses and individuals. Please contact Steven Carraway at (800) 252-3153 or email@example.com
QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS PROGRAM
The program is designed to pre-qualify contractors to industry standards for business operations as they receive exclusive permission for program participants to use the NPCAI Qualified Contractor emblem on printed material for company invoices, business cards, and letterhead.
To participate, the contractor must submit current documentation for NPSI Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), contractor's license for the states in which they operate, liability insurance (minimum $1,000,000 aggregate), worker’s compensation insurance as required by law in the contractor's state(s) of operation, and show completion of the Playground Construction School. Application available on the NPCAI website at www.playground-contractors.org or call 717-724-0594.
The Recreation Installation Specialists Certification is a comprehensive program designed to introduce and develop specialized recreation equipment installation skills for the construction and maintenance professional and others involved.
The school offers three action packed days and covers common industry practices, understanding blueprints, materials used in equipment construction, tools of the trade, jobsite safety, site analysis and preparation, working with various surfacing materials, equipment maintenance, for manufacturers and their representatives, good business practices, and in the field training. Current members receive a $100.00 savings on enrollment fees and please click here for additional information.
• International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)
• ADA Access Board (ATBCB)
• National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS)
• National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI)
• International Playground Safety Institute (IPSI)
• U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
• Playground Magazine
• National Safety Council (NSC)
• American Society of Testing & Materials International (ASTMI)
• National Association for State Contractors Licensing Agencies
Playground Safety for Children
In recent years, it is estimated that there were more than 200,000 injuries annually on public playgrounds access the country that require emergency room treatment. Most injuries occur when a child falls onto the playground surface. Check with school officials to make sure that equipment has been inspected and maintained. There should be at least nine inches of safe, shock absorbing surface material, and proper clearance around the equipment.
Make sure exposed hardware or free-hanging ropes are not part of the equipment. Ropes and clothing catching on exposed hardware can be strangulation hazards. Elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, should have guardrails to prevent falls. School officials should be aware that shading at the playground with trees or other structures is an important consideration to reduce children's exposure to the sun. Schools should also be aware that hot sun can make playground slides and black rubber matting burn hazards for children.
Below are CPSC Playground Safety Publication to help you keep your kids safe.
CPSC Publication 321 Little Big Kids (PDF) For parents to read with their kids (ages 3-5) on the topic of playground safety.
CPSC Publication 327 Public Playground Safety Checklist (HTML) Use this checklist to inspect local school and community playgrounds and notify school or park officials about any hazards found. There is a new CPSC Handbook. It is still publication 325 and the date is January 6, 2011. They have taken the European Whirl off and added a composite structure. Date on the inside is still Nov. 2010.
CPSC Publication 325 Public Playground Safety Handbook (PDF-SPANISH) (See Technical Reports and Handbooks for English) Presents playground equipment safety information in the form of guidelines. Intended for use by parks and recreation personnel, school officials, equipment purchasers, installers, and others interested in playground safety (60 pages).
CPSC Publication 328 Soft Contained Play Equipment Safety Checklist (HTML) CPSC staff developed checks to help parents and children use Soft Contained Play Equipment safely.
CPSC Publication 5036 Prevent Burns on Hot Metal Playground Equipment (PDF) Safety Alert.
CPSC Publication 5065 Strangulation Hazard with Playground Cargo Nets (PDF) Safety Alert.
CPSC Publication 5094 Strings Can Strangle Children on Playground Equipment (HTML) Safety Alert.
CPSC Publication 5121 Wear Bike Helmets On Bicycles - Not On Playgrounds (PDF) Safety alert on a hidden hazard.
CPSC Publication 323 Home Playground Safety Tips (PDF) (PDF-SPANISH) Reports that each year an estimated 51,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for home playground-related injuries -- mostly resulting from falls. Provides tips on protective surfacing, fall zones, reducing hazards, and maintenance.
CPSC Publication 323 Home Playground Safety Tip SPANISH (PDF) Reports that each year an estimated 51,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for home playground-related injuries -- mostly resulting from falls. Provides tips on protective surfacing, fall zones, reducing hazards, and maintenance.
CPSC Publication 324 Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook (PDF) Safety information you need to know about planning, constructing, and maintaining an outdoor home playground.
CPSC Publication 325 Public Playground Safety Handbook (PDF) Technical Reports and Handbooks Document Number Publication Description (the Spanish version is a Web exclusive, see above) Presents playground equipment safety information in the form of guidelines. Intended for use by parks and recreation personnel, school officials, equipment purchasers, installers, and others interested in playground safety (46 pages).
Below is a list of playground equipment grants and fundraising resources for your school, church, daycare or non-profit. While every attempt will be made to keep this current, your support & response is appreciated to make sure all links are current.
One of the primary benefits of being a NPCAI member is the service of becoming a NPCAI Qualified Contractor. On the members’ behalf, the NPCAI maintains a database of information on each Qualified Contractor. Stored in this database are all the minimum bid specification requirements you see below.
Must be a NPCAI Qualified Contractor (Third Party Verification of Credentials)
Things to Consider in the Scope of Work:
Install of Equipment
Installation of Surfacing
Are you interested in writing articles for The Playground Insider?
We are interested in articles on the following; Playgrounds, playground construction, tools for playgrounds, special knowledgement, news about events or trade shows, or business practices. Any topic that would be beneficial to NPCAI members. Please send your manuscripts electronically as a Microsoft Word document. Article in the body of an e-mail message are also acceptable if word is not available. Please include your contact information.
We are also interested in photos, send them in 300 dpi. Involve people in every photo if possible. Identify the people in the photo. Show action and movement and attempt to do so from a fresh perspective. Send your article to: International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-908-9519. All articles are subject to editing by the International Playground Contractors Association staff and committee. All photos submitted become property of NPCAI and subject to editing.