Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 9: Administration

9.2 Policies

9.2.6 Play Area Policies Records of Proper Installation and Maintenance of Facility Equipment

The facility should maintain all information and records pertaining to the manufacture, installation, and regular inspection of facility equipment. Recordkeeping on play area equipment is specified in Standard No second-hand equipment should be used in areas occupied by children, unless all pertinent data, including checking for recalls and the manufacturer’s instructions, can be obtained from the previous owner or from the manufacturer. All equipment should meet ASTM International (ASTM) standards.
Information regarding manufacture, installation, and maintenance of equipment is essential so that the staff can follow appropriate instructions regarding installation, repair, and maintenance procedures. Also, in the event of recalls, the information provided by the manufacturer allows the owner to identify the applicability of the recall to the equipment on hand. Products used in areas occupied by children must have these instructions for identification, maintenance, repair, and reference in case of recall.
Individual jurisdictions may have specific regulations regarding information, records, equipment, policies, and procedures.

For more information regarding facility equipment requirements, contact the ASTM at and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at

Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Policy on Use and Maintenance of Play Areas