Playgrounds have become complex systems located in harsh outdoor environments. Protective surfacing is the most important injury prevention system in that environment as a passive safety system. Depending on where it is located in the use zone, the surface must absorb impacts and be firm and stable at the same time.
Malaysia has been in the news a lot this year and not for the best of reasons. I have had the opportunity to fly to Malaysia three years in a row to conduct the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). In addition, I have presented the Clemson Playground Maintenance Technician Course twice. This has been an interesting and rewarding personal international experience. I would like to share with you what has been accomplished over this short period of time.