Standards and Certifications
ASTM International is a not-for-profit organization that provides a global forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM International provides standards that are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the world. Henderson designs and manufactures play equipment to be compliant with ASTM F1487, “Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use.” Henderson is a member of the Technical Subcommittee, F15.29 that is responsible for the development of the “Playground Equipment for Public Use” standard.
In the interest of playground safety, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides a Third Party Certification Service whereby a designated independent laboratory validates a participant’s certification of conformance to ASTM F1487, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use, except sections 7.1.1, 10 and 12.6.1; to CAN/CSA-Z614, Children’s Playspaces and Equipment, except clauses 9.8, 10 and 11; or both. The use of the corresponding logo in Henderson Recreation Equipment Limited’s catalog signifies that Henderson Recreation Equipment Limited has received written validation from the independent laboratory that the product(s) associated with the use of the logo conforms to the requirements of the indicated standard.
Check the IPEMA website (www.ipema.org) to confirm product validation.
CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency created to inform the public of current product safety performance information and recommended practices. The CPSC has published document number 325, “Handbook for Public Playground Safety” which presents playground equipment safety information in the form of guidelines. The handbook is a very useful guide for owners and operators of public play environments.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government, and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. Henderson designs and manufactures play equipment to be compliant with the release of CAN/CSA-Z614, “Children’s Playspaces and Equipment” that is current at the time of manufacture. Henderson is a full member of the Technical Committee that is responsible for the development of the “Children’s Playspaces and Equipment” standard.
The CWB Group certifies companies, inspection organizations, inspectors, and welding consumables through a review and qualification process to ensure that they meet the requirements for a variety of product and safety codes as well as standards such as CSA W47.1, CSA W47.2, CSA W55.3, CSA W186, CSA W178.1, CSA W178.2 and CSA W48.
In order to achieve and maintain certification, companies engaged in welding are required to have their personnel qualified for engineering, supervisory, and welding and follow approved welding procedures.
Similar to the welding companies, welding inspection organizations are required to have their personnel qualified for supervisory and certified for inspection, whether it’s visual, destructive, or non-destructive testing.
Individuals looking to achieve certification as visual welding inspectors are required to meet standard’s experience requirements and successfully complete written and practical exams.
The ISO 9000 series of standards are developed by the International Organization for Standardization and are recognized worldwide. Companies registered to one or more of these standards have had their quality system certified by an external agency to ensure that their management systems comply with the requirements of the Standard. Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd. is 9001:2000 Registered.