Introduction

Playground Safety Association of Malaysia (PSAM) was officially registered and established on 18th December 2013. The initial idea of the association was originally mooted back in 2012 during the first course of “Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) examinations conducted in Malaysia by the International Playground Safety Institute (IPSI) of the United States. The course was an eye opener to all the participants and observers, both with and without experience in the field of playground, on how little we know about playgrounds, and how much more is there to know in playgrounds.

From there, it was discussed among some of its participants, that while playground amenities are available in Malaysia and to certain extent an enforced requirement, questions arise on how safe our playgrounds are, given that those who are entrusted in the industry to plan and provide these amenities themselves lack the depth of understanding needed in ensuring safe playgrounds.

Hence, the idea of an association with a collective voice and expertise in the industry to create greater awareness towards the need of not only playgrounds for children to play in, but "safe" playgrounds for them to play in.

Objectives

PSAM objectives and agendas, as its organisation name suggest, is primarily to advocate for greater attention to the safety aspect of playgrounds, so children can play in a safe and secured environment that they deserve.

 Create Greater Awareness on Playground safety and impart knowledge and information to decision makers of playground industry (from supplier, manufacturers, consultants, owners, installers, etc.....) to enable better and safer playgrounds are installed in the future.

 Impart basic knowledge and information to members of the public (parents and caregivers) so they take an proactive efforts to detect and rectify potential hazards at site, so they too can protect their children from unnecessary injuries at playgrounds.

 Advocate for mandatory post-installation inspection (preferably by qualified independent personnel) to ensure playgrounds meets proper safety requirements before opening to users.

 Ensure that the latest safety standards and practices for all aspects of playgrounds in Malaysia are adopted to ensure our countries recreational facilities are up to the latest international requirements.

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