Several organizations in Canada offer programs to certify playground inspectors. These groups can connect you with trained professionals who may be available to inspect your playground and provide advice on safety improvements.
Owners/operators such as daycare centres can also contact similar organizations to obtain referrals to playground inspectors that were found to be helpful and professional. When seeking referrals, consider whether or not the inspector submitted their report on time. In addition, a thorough inspection includes photographs of any issues, sufficient time to answer client's questions and an itemized list which prioritizes any necessary repairs. Watching the inspection process can be informative for the client.
When contacting potential playground inspectors, it is helpful to consider several key points.
The cost of a professional playground inspection will depend on many factors, including the size and age of playground, location, requirements from the playground operator's insurer, and the experience and credentials of the inspector.
Photographs may increase the inspection report cost, but they can be a very helpful tool for understanding the report recommendations, in addition to communicating your needs to other contractors who may be doing repairs or renovations.
In remote areas, there may be a greater cost associated with hiring a playground inspector due to longer travelling distances. Owners/operators can address this challenge by pooling their resources and arranging a playground inspection which encompasses multiple playground site inspections in one trip.