“Limiting liability through risk management, planning and documentation…."
MaryLou Iverson founded THE IVERSON ASSOCIATES in 1990. She is an internationally respected risk consultant for all aspects of play areas and playground safety. Until that time, her career had been as Parks and Recreation Director for cities in Oklahoma, Colorado and special districts in Colorado and Washington.
Ms. Iverson served on the Board of the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Park Planning and Maintenance School, and was a founding member of the NRPA Safety School. She was also on the board of the NRPA National Playground Institute where she continues to serve on committees and instruct for the NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) training and certification program. MaryLou is on the Board of the National Playground Contractors Association International (NPCAI), and teaches in the Playground Construction School. She is an active member on the American Society of Testing and Materials International (ASTMI) playground, surfacing and amusements committees. She developed a Play Area Training Course for the Amusement Industry Maintenances and Safety International (AIMS). Ms. Iverson consults with attorneys and serves as an expert.
As International Risk Management Consultants for Play Areas, The Iverson Associates' client list includes school districts, municipalities, churches, housing developments, fast food restaurants: corporate and franchise, manufacturers, architectural firms, amusement parks and attorneys.
Tom Peeples has over 30 years experience in the parks and recreation industry and is Certified as a Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) by the National Recreation and Park Association Certified Playground Safety Instructor Training and Certification Program since 1994. Tom serves on the board of the National Playground Contractors Association International (NPCAI), is an active member on several American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) playground committees and serves on The National Recreation and Park Association Certified Playground Safety Inspector Exam Development Committee.
Throughout his career, Tom has been in charge of creating, developing, managing, and implementing park and playground safety inspection and maintenance programs, and establishing and implementing Comprehensive Park and Playground audit checklists, which have received national recognition. Tom has extensive experience in park, playground, and skate park maintenance, repair, installation, planning, design and project management. He is practiced in working with risk management, attorneys, contractors, installers, vendors, manufacturers, and in public forum.
-Together we offer over 85 years expertise in the fields of risk management, playground safety, and as international risk consultants children's play areas. The Iverson Associates (TIA) Managing the safety of play areas for children and adults
International Risk Consultants for Play Areas Providing Services For:
Playground Audits and Inspections program by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector.
Provide a report of the playground's compliance with current Consumer Product Safety
Commission,(CPSC) Handbook for Public Playground Safety,
American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) Playground Standards, and US Assess
Board, ABA/ADA Accessible Design for Play Areas
Assessment of the play area environment, equipment and surfacing.
Document of hazards identified in the assessment according to the degree of severity and the action
steps required removing these hazards.
Pictures and a narrative description of the current conditions of the area, and recommendations for
Standard of Care outline for a continuing safety management plan.
Comprehensive inspections are detailed in identifying hazards and noncompliant conditions.
Low frequency focuses on conditions that have developed since installation that need correcting.
High frequency is an inspection that is done with frequency, daily or weekly.
When requested, TIA will provide an on-going maintenance plan and replacement schedule. And more...
Childcare assessments based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC]
Recommendations for High and Low frequency maintenance programs for in-house inspections
Documentation – what to document, by whom, where to keep.
Preventative maintenance program to prevent deterioration and breakdown of equipment and
Risk assessment on layout and design of play area, types and requirement of equipment, surfacing and
ADA/ABA Accessibility inventory of accessible play on the playground as required by the
NEW Federal Law requiring playgrounds to come into compliance by March 15, 2012.
Soft Contained Playgrounds
We Provide Audits and Inspections:
* Design evaluation
Indoor Contained Play
TIA’s mission is to provide safe play areas, indoors and outdoors, with recommendation for
Who are your playground users?
The key to reducing playground accidents is in the Surfacing materials that are intended to absorb impact and minimize the severity of injuries. Head impact injuries are the most severe, followed by broken bones. Installing and maintaining an appropriate surface under and around playground equipment is the single most important component in keeping a playground as safe as possible.
TIA is knowledgeable of current Surfacing CPSC Guidelines, ASTM Standards and ADA Accessible Design that requires that loose fill playground surfacing on Public Playgrounds be firm, stable and slip resistant, As well as impact attenuating. For most playgrounds, unitary surfacing is recommended.
Deterioration and Weathering
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“…it’s about being proactive in protecting all play area users when playing on equipment… it’s about providing safe play opportunities for all…”