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Getting the Balance Right

A guide to the assessment of risks and benefits in play provision and Australian Standard 4685:2014

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Finger Entrapment Tool

Play Australia are manufacturing these tools to support industry to assess finger entrapment risk in play spaces.

This all-in-one finger probe tool has 8, 8.6, 12 and 25mm diameter sections. Read more here:

This all-in-one finger probe tool has 8, 8.6, 12 and 25mm diameter sections.

Openings >1m above the ground OR within the free space of equipment should be tested for finger entrapment.

An opening is considered a potential finger entrapment if the 8mm section can be inserted, but the 25mm section cannot pass through the opening.

Chains should be tested regardless of height. Chain openings are too large if the 8.6mm section can be inserted.

Chain connections (e.g. S-hooks) have the wrong sized opening if the 8.6mm section can be inserted, but the12mm section cannot be inserted.

Although this all-in-one tool does not have the AS4685 required lengths for the 4 separate probes, it provides an easy to carry, simple and quick method for checking most openings.

The information above has been reproduced on a card which will be sent with every finger entrapment tool for personal ongoing reference.

Thanks to Paul Grover of Play DMC for providing the above information.

Purchase your finger entrapment tool today. Note - A discount is available for all Play Australia members.






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