IMPACT PROTECTION SLABS
PLAYGROUND – IMPACT PROTECTION SLABS – OVERVIEW
The most popular safety rubber flooring system are the Impact Protection Slabs.
Their safety compliance certificate is almost immediate if the slab is paired to the correct fall heights. They are simple to install and highly effective. See Certification.
The rubber is completely traceable through to the final slab (by using production codes for every single slab).
Impact Protection Slabs are available in a variety of colours and thickness. See Fall Height.
Attention should be given to the placement of the slabs. See Placement.
The integrated connector pins secure the slabs against accidental movement and theft.
There are corners and edges, as well as playground accessories that all work together.
There are a variety of SBR or EPDM colours to choose from. See Colour Chart.
Multicolour slab mixtures that can be supplied, where two or three colours are combined at your request. Glitter can also be added to any of the slabs, to create some sparkle, and there are letter, number, and slabs with motifs on them. Min order per Colour is 10m2.
Impact Protection Slabs allow children to play happily without risk of injury.
CRITICAL FALL HEIGHTS
Playground equipment comes in various heights. Impact protection surfacing is installed to meet various critical fall heights. Our shock-absorbing Impact protection slabs are suitable for any fall height ranging from 0,60 – 3,00m.
The critical fall height is defined as the lowest fall height that generates a HIC value of 1000. Each Slab is individually tested to determine its Head Injury Criterion (HIC) value. When installed, the slabs are pre-certified to meet criteria in accordance with DIN EN 1177:2008; the international standard which requires shock-absorbent surfacing for a fall height of 0,60m or higher.
Impact protection slab thicknesses correlate to different critical fall heights. The higher the fall the thicker the slab needs to be.
e.g. An Impact Protection Slab with a thickness of 70mm provides impact protection for a 2,10m fall.
The South African Standard (SANS 51177:2010) for critical fall height has the identical implementation and is a direct adoption of the International Standard EN 1177:2008.
PLAYGROUND FLOORING PLACEMENT
The proper placement of playground flooring is essential.
The below points regarding the placement of the flooring is very broad. More detailed information is available on request.
- The protective surfacing should be extended to at least two meters from the equipment in all directions.
- The impact protection flooring should extend in front of and behind a single axis swing, to the distance that is equal to the height of the top bar from which the swing is suspended.
- The playground surfacing should cover a radius that is equal to the height of the suspending chain or rope plus two meters in all directions, for round or multi-axis swings.
SBR & EPDM BENEFITS
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomers (EPDM) is a high density synthetic rubber which is weather resistant and absorbs less solar heat. It is extremely versatile with the ability to better withstand temperatures associated with environmental factors such as UV weathering and water swell.
Styrene-butadiene Rubber (SBR) is produced from black rubber tyres that are stripped of their metal reinforcing and then mechanically shredded into granules. These rubber granules are graded and available in different sizes, that can be coloured and used as an economical and surfacing.
While EPDM offers a wider range of colours and is more weather resistant, SBR is a more economical surfacing option.
WET POUR and IMPACT PROTECTION SLABS offers a combination of SBR and EPDM options to give you the best of both rubber products.
WET POUR and IMPACT PROTECTION SLABS applications can accommodate an installation of SBR as the cushion/base layer and EPDM as the wear/top layer.
The suitability of Playsafe impact protection slabs are documented with a test certificate, to prove their compliance.
Certification can also be supplied with all Playsafe products if required. This will certify the playground safety flooring to a specific fall height.
The critical fall height is determined by a test consisting of a series of nine fall tests, in which four increasing fall heights are examined. The critical fall height is defined as the lowest fall height that generates an HIC value of 1000. The HIC value of 1000 ensures that virtually no head injuries with permanent damage can be expected. It is important to remember: the lower the HIC value, the higher the protection for a child’s head.