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What are Playground Safety Checklists?

A playground safety checklist is a form or template that outlines essential playground safety tasks, reminders, and other work to be done by facility maintenance personnel to ensure that safety hazards are minimized, if not eliminated. Failure to use playground safety checklists may lead to user injury through equipment malfunction and/or misuse.

This article features: 1) the benefits of using a mobile playground safety checklist; 2) how to create and use digital playground safety checklists; and 3) free, ready-to-use mobile checklists to ensure a safe playground for schools, child care centers, and parks.

The Advantages of Using a Mobile Playground Safety Checklist

Having an effective checklist is only one of many factors for adequate playground safety. Safety issues often arise and go unnoticed due to lack of protocol or faulty implementation. A good mobile app can help streamline maintenance and inspection processes so playground safety is never compromised:

  • Never miss a scheduled inspection
    By setting up a schedule, an effective mobile app can send automatic email and push notifications to assigned personnel so inspections are done on time, proactively identifying safety hazards and taking timely measures to eliminate them.
  • Easily share visual data and evidence
    Detailed notes are important. But sometimes, a picture is better at conveying context in information. Take pictures of notables such as a rusty metal point on the slide, loose bolts in the seesaw, and other damaged or maldesigned equipment and annotate them. Including visual data helps with accuracy in reporting.
  • Assign corrective actions on the go
    Using the traditional paper checklist for safety inspections require assigned inspectors to contact repairmen through third-party means, e.g., text, call, or email. This may result in communication breakdown due to lack of timely reception and response. A good mobile app lets inspectors assign actions to responsible personnel so they can be informed of the problem and its priority level in real-time.
  • Instantly generate and share reports after inspection
    Compiling inspection findings in a report and sharing them to the right personnel consists of multiple steps. The longer the process, the higher the likelihood of mistakes and problems due to neglect. Using an effective mobile playground checklist allows inspectors to instantly share digital reports so the responsible personnel can have access to the information anytime, anywhere.
  • No more data loss
    Keeping records on paper can be costly and time-consuming. Not to mention the effort and space needed to organize and file them for easy access. A good mobile app stores your information via the cloud for easy, portable access.

Mobile software for playground safety

iAuditor is all of the above, and then some. As the world’s best mobile inspection app, it is currently being used for more than 50 million inspections in over 80 countries. Use iAuditor to ensure playground safety by taking advantage of its powerful features:

  1. Download ready-to-use playground safety checklists, or easily create and customize your own via Smart Forms.
  2. Complete inspections on your mobile phone or tablet anytime, anywhere, even if you’re offline. Your data will automatically sync to the cloud once you connect to the internet.
  3. Integrate iAuditor with business intelligence tools to gain additional insights and visualize your data.


Juhlian Pimping

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Juhlian Pimping has been writing about safety and quality topics for SafetyCulture since 2018. Before writing for SafetyCulture full-time, Juhlian worked in customer service and wrote for an Australian RTO.