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INDEX:

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A SAFE AND FUNCTIONAL PLAYGROUND.

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EN1176 AND EN1177. INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE AND SUPERVISION.

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INSPECTION AND CONTINUOUS CONTROL.

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SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT.

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PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT WITHOUT BARRIERS.

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GENERAL INFORMATION.

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INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE. THE MOST NOTABLE.

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PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT. THE MOST NOTABLE.

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INSPECTION SCHEDULE.

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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL OF EQUIPMENT.

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FORM FOR INSPECTIONS.

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Taking risks is an essential feature of the game in all settings where children spend time playing. The game aims to offer a possibility of finding acceptable risks as part of stimulating, challenging and controlled learning. The game should be aimed at managing the balance between the need to offer risks and the need to keep to children safe from serious harm. In the game, exposure to a certain degree of risk is advantageous since it satisfies a basic human need, and provides the child with the possibility of learning about risks and their consequences in a controlled environment. Regarding the characteristics of children’s play and how they benefit from it in children’s areas in relation to their development, children need to learn to face the risk and this can cause bumps, bruises and even sometimes breakage of a limb. The purpose of the EN1176 standard is, first, and foremost, to prevent accidents that produce incapacitation or other fatal consequences, and secondly, to reduce the serious consequences derived from the possible setbacks, that will inevitably occur due to the children’s desire to increase their level of competence, whether socially, intellectually or physically. The standard does not address safety aspects though age criteria, because the ability to control risk is based on the level of skill of the users. In addition, other users who aren’t within the expected age range will almost certainly make use of the equipment of the playground area.

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A SAFE AND FUNCTIONAL PLAYGROUND. Compare your playground area with the list of functions and safety tips that we leave below. Complete it to increase its usefulness and provide a valuable space. In GalopĂ­n Playgrounds SL we have a great respect for nature, which is reflected in our philosophy and our way of doing things; that is why we recommend to maintaining green or landscapes areas, trees and vegetation within the playground area.

DESIGNING A SAFE PLAYGROUND The safety distance or impact area. o avoid collisions and define the safety area, the standard establishes 1.5m in the element environment, extending it to 2m in the slide or maximum radius of the swing

Good drainage. It is essential to maintain cleanliness and the ability to absorb impact

A space to relax. It is necessary to reserve a place to relax and facilitate the snack or changing diapers.

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The orientation. Orient the slides to the north so they do not heat up and avoid obstacles where glare is possible.


Impact absorption material. Fundamental to guarantee safety. Materials that maintain their impact absorption capacity over time will be sought. Not always the most expensive is the best.

CERTIFIED AND SUSTAINABLE PLAYGROUNDS. IT IS CONVENIENT THAT THE GAMES ARE CERTIFIED AND THAT IN THEIR DESIGN SUSTAINABILITY AND ECO-DESIGN CRITERIA HAVE BEEN APPLIED.

The accessibility. All children are different and should enjoy and access elements that serve to relate and stimulate their sensory abilities.

Separate by ages. The standard makes two distinctions: under or over 36 months (with different requirements for each situation).

Facilitate the vision of responsible adults. By distributing the small elements in the entrance and those of greater height to the bottom and avoiding hidden areas to the exterior vision.

The free fall height. It is indicated by the manufacturer and is measured from the platform, a seat or a net to the ground. Said height defines the type and thickness of the impact absorption material.

The fence. You must clearly limit where the playground area ends and the danger begins. It is essential in areas with vehicle traffic or with terraces.

The inspection and maintenance.

Provide shade and shelter from the rain. Planting trees, pergolas or roofs integrated into the environment.

The playground area has to have a correct maintenance and a periodic visual inspection of routine (profitable because in the long run it saves costs).

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Universal Universal Universel

Atravesar Go through Traveser

Balancearse Swivel Se balancer

Colgarse Hang Se suspendre

Columpiar Swing Se balancer

Columpiarse Swing Se balancer

Deslizarse barra Slide Bar Barre de glisse

Deslizarse Slide Glisser

Equilibrio Balance Équilibre

Fuerza Strength Force

Gatear Crawl Ramper

Girar Rotate Rotation

Manipular Handling Manipuler

Reunión Meeting Réunion

Juego de roles Roles Jeux de rôles

Saltar Jump Sauter

Sentarse Sit S’asseoir

Trepar Climb Grimper

Equilibrio Balance Équilibre

Detenerse Stop Arrêter

Escalar Climbing Grimper

Atravesar Go through Traveser

Saltar Jump Sauter

Saltar a través Jump through Sauter à travers

Slalom Slalom Slalom

Atravesar Go through Traveser

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As of November 2018 comes into force the standard EN1176:2018 on The European Standards for Playground Equipment. Below, a summary of the most important points of the standard has been included. However, it may not be enough to do a complete inspection. Some type of training may be necessary. The standard in all its parts, covers the general and particular requirements of security (by type of element), as well as the test methods or pre-installation or maintenance instructions. In addition, there is a regulatory complement, the EN1177 referred to Impact absorbing playground surfacing: Safety requirements and test methods.

EN1176 AND EN1177. INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE AND SUPERVISION. •

The installation must be carried out by a competent person or company and following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Inspection, maintenance and supervision of equipment playground to maintain security and functionality of the elements.

Inspection, maintenance and supervision must be carried out by a competent person or company with the appropriate knowledge and following the manufacturer’s instructions or with more frequently (in exceptional cases such as vandalism, continued use…)

The person responsible for the supervision or the owner of playground equipment must establish routines and adequate drawings for inspection, maintenance and supervision.

The person responsible for supervisor must ensure that the staff is prepared for the task that has been entrusted to them and that they have sufficient information regarding responsibility and competence.

The responsible person must make sure that the forms are completed of inspection, maintenance and supervision and that are established documents that are saved and available for whoever comes.

If defects or damage to the equipment that could be dangerous are detected, the person in charge must prevent the access to the public until it is remedied the incidence.

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INSPECTION AND CONTINUOUS CONTROL. Both parents to teachers or any adult can perform basic tasks of the state of elements to avoid accidents: loose woods, damaged strings, sharp protrusions… In this case, they must be notifying the appropriate person (owner or supervisor of the installation) so that they can correct it as soon as possible. The following list provides more advice, but it does not replace the standard, but it is only a help. With each equipment the customer receives documentation referring to the frequencies of inspection, maintenance and control.

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Existing vegetation around the playground area should be conserve as much as possible, taking into account plants that release pollen (problematic for asthmatics) or poisonous plants.

The wells must be closed.

We must pay attention to everything that modifies the user’s body notion. Children want to try, crawl, climb, which exposes them to certain risks. The adult, as the person responsible for the child, can reduce risks (for example with clothes, not wearing items that can get caught in the element, or scarves, headphones….).

Traffic accidents. When the playground is close to areas with road traffic, it must be taken into account when planning the installation, placing elements that clearly identify the boundaries for the areas.

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PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT WITHOUT BARRIERS. The requirements of DIN33942 have been specified to allow a large extent for all people to use the equipment without the help of others. This applies particularly to wheelchair users (also with upper body disability) and to the blind, deaf people with visual, hearing, motor or other impairments. The following parameters are only a guide to take into account when if supervising a playground equipment without barriers:

The ramps should not have an inclination of more than 6%

The spaces and openings between floor boards must not be larger than 8 mm.

Wheel deflectors must have a minimum height of 100mm. If possible these guardrails should have a contrast colour to facilitate orientation of those who have a visual impairment.

Two wheelchairs located across the width require a minimum floor space of 1,8m so they can rotate.

The zones of displacement destined to changes of direction or stops, entrances and exits of the elements, should have a 1,5x1,5m. The other movement surfaces must have a minimum width of 1,2m.

In addition to these generalities, it is important to bear in mind that a playground without barriers implies much more that the fact the elements meet certain dimensions; the entire environment must contain signs or elements that indicate those areas that may be dangerous. At least two of these signals must refer to some sense (sound, tactile or visual elements are usually used) so that any child is able to detect where they should be most attentive, regardless of their abilities. And of course, we all must be aware of the need for this type of spaces to try to get it normalized.

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GENERAL INFORMATION. MATERIALS. In Galopín we have made an effort to acquire the knowledge that allows us to work skillfully with all kinds of materials, from wood to metal, to different types of ropes, springs, paints ... This technical background is combined with the proposals of the designers to articulate the aesthetics of the different ranges. The materials that prevail depend on their use, the environment for which they are designed or their thematic focus. In some cases, we also offer the possibility of choosing between various materials, such as wooden or metal posts; elements in wood with a natural finish or in non-slip laminates with a darker color. In all cases, we put into the treatment of materials the knowledge of our R & D department and the philosophy of traditional craftsmen. Below we list the materials of which our product ranges are composed:

• HPL. HPL panels (High Pressure Laminates) for outdoor conforming to EN438, provide extremely effective protection against external agents, scratching, color degradation and wear and tear. It comes with two finishes, smooth for side panels and signposts, and rough-hex for floors, seats, climbing walls, etc. Its thickness is always 15mm except for the signposts that are 10mm. • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Highly resistant to abrasion by chemicals and corrosion, it resists weathering, discoloration and UV rays, does not develop mold or mildew, does not absorb moisture and therefore does not swell or delaminate. Easy to clean and recycle, neither graffiti nor painted adhere to it. Conforming to the toy standard DIN EN 71-3-9-10-11, which guarantees it is toxin-free. Thickness of 20mm and 15mm. • Marine plywood board. 21mm thick birch plywood board with easy-to-restore polyurethane enamel, made from biological components. It comes in two formats, textured lacquer, to which 2 to 3 layers are applied on the surface to each piece and 4 layers on the edges. For floors, seats and other wear surfaces, anti-slip plywood board with phenolic film with high resistance to abrasion is used, applying 4 coats of lacquer for edge protection. In both cases, very resistant and suitable for uses with high structural requirements, excellent behavior against heat and fire and 100% recyclable. • Wood. Wood is the material that best embodies the principles of the new circular economy. The one that allows for cycles of sustainability in its cultivation, treatment, use

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and recycling, in a way that affects as little as possible the environmental balance and guarantees a minimum consumption of energy, water resources, etc.

“It also consumes little energy in its transformation and absorbs CO2. When we surround

oursel ves with wood products, we not only get in touch with a natural and biophilic material, but we also help to minimize the impact on climate change. The environmental footprint of wood is very small, practically nonexistent, making it the most sustainable material available.

We like to work with wood, the smell that it gives off in our factory, the different nuances

that it offers to the touch, the beauty of being able to study the grainnature’s drawings, to be able to feel the weight of its essence, its density. Our colleagues demonstrate the skills and the craft they learned from their parents and grandparents, because wood is part of our heritage. In a region of rural tradition, wood was a key element in the home. It was fuel for the fireplace, the material used to make farming implements and tools, as well as a source for specialized crafts, such as the shipbuilding carpentry and the wooden clogs trade. We believe in forestry, in the treasure of our mountains, because preserving our woodlands is not only a source of wealth and economic development, but also contributes to maintaining the population and improving the quality of life of the rural world.

But this respect for our traditions is combined with a commitment to exploring new

techniques, advances in research and innovative solutions. In our wood-based range, we offer the best technical solutions, such as laminate wood, that prevents superficial tensions that cause cracks by redistributing the sapwood with the heartwood.

That is why our wood designs are so robust and durable. They remain in cities throughout

the years. Its design is timeless, not succumbing to fads, with a clean image that prevails. It respects tradition and is inspired by innovation and creativity. The games with wooden posts evoke the past while stand as a commitment to sustainability and to the future.

METALLIC ELEMENTS:

• Aluminum. Treated in different ways in our manufacturing process, we use pure aluminum in foundry pieces, where it provides a high level of resistance against corrosion; anodized aluminum, which is very resistant to environmental corrosive agents, abrasion as well as wear and tear, featuring great surface strength due to its adherence and the properties of the anodization, it is used in punctured sheets, brackets, bars, steps... lacquered aluminum, used in squared metallic posts, features advantages over other metallic elements such as light weight, durability, and high resistance to corrosion, among others.

“Aluminum is a very robust material. Although it may be true that its transformation

process requires the consumption of a large amount of energy, we also know from the analysis

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of its life cycle that it is very durable and efficient. For this reason, it is used in pieces that face aggressive environments, such as the masts of sailboats that endure transoceanic crossings. In addition to resisting corrosion, aluminum is a recyclable material, which largely counteracts the energy consumption required for its processing.

In our aluminum ranges we do not use self-tapping screws, but rather through bolts or

rivets. And of course in these ranges, it is compulsory to only use screws made of stainless steel to avoid gal vanic corrosion. Not being able to superimpose the screws, as is the case in the wood ranges, we had to reconfigure many assemblies, a task taken on by our engineering and research department. We are convinced that our commitment to work with all types of materials is an investment in knowledge and collaboration.

We had to look for a color that did not interfere with our traditional color range, requiring

us to test several different combinations before reaching a conclusion. Our priority was to work with a reliable lacquer that protected the piece during the entire lifespan of the product, and that at the same time integrated harmoniously with the aesthetics of all our ranges.

The aluminum structures are very stable because they do not produce the volume

changes that can be found in wood when alternating wet and dry cycles. For this reason, we also use HPL, high-pressure laminate, in these structures.

This stability and rigidity contribute to that luxurious aspect that characterizes aluminum

equipment, equipment that does not need any type of maintenance. In urban environments, they offer less visual impact and a light and elegant aesthetic.

Although one cannot appreciate these differences from a distance or by looking at a

render, the change from a wooden version of an element to one in aluminum required innumerable calculations and plans, as well as researching all types of materials. That is why many satisfied customers throughout the world applaud us for .”

• Stainless steel. . We use of stainless steel AISI 304 and AISI 316 in areas prone to wear and tear, preventing vandalism and corrosion. It is used in slide surface sheets, firefighters’ poles, bar slides, pads, swing chains… • Electrolytic galvanized steel with a powder coating. The steel is fully protected against corrosion; the powder coat offers extra protection. • Hot dip galvanized steel. It combines the mechanical resistance of the steel with the resistance against corrosion created by the zinc. We have attained resistance against corrosion for over ten years, ensuring that the unit is durable and free from corrosion, able to withstand years of use. In some cases, a finishing powder coating is subsequently applied for the purpose of design.

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• Polyurea coating. . The 2 mm thick polyurea coating with an aliphatic finish protects against wear and tear, water and moisture, temperature changes and UV rays. Polyurea is also an inert material, 100% free of solvents and toxic materials. It provides our polystyrene and polyurethane elements with a high degree of resistance and durability. •

Polystyrene: Our expanded polystyrene boards, featuring a density of 27/30 kg / m3, allow us to create large elements that are easy to handle and transport due to their light weight. This material is also respectful with the environment because it is recyclable, innocuous and inert.

Polyurethane: For the creation of light sculptural games, with soft shapes and rounded edges, we use the rigid polyurethane foam casting.

OUR OWN COMPONENTS.: We feature a number of noteworthy components which are included in our units and which make us unique:

• Ropes. We generally use braided polyamide rope, with a fiber core and 4 or 6 braided inner steel cables. In cases where a higher degree of resistance is required, we substitute the fiber core for a central galvanized steel core. Depending on the final use, we provide 16, 18 or 20 mm diameters. • Galvanized cable. Composed of several metallic cables arranged helically around a core. Minimum diameter is 12mm. It is used in zip lines and related elements. • Chains. Chains with straight rectified links made of AISI 316 stainless steel. Used in swing chains, bridge connectors, … • Injected Plastic. All injected plastic elements are made with polyamides, low-density polyethylene or polypropylenes, which are resistant to outdoor elements, discoloration and UV rays. All pigments and composition are made in accordance with DIN EN71-3-910-11, which guarantees that they are toxic-free. These are one-of-kind pieces that are the hallmark of Galopín. • Spring spirals. Made of steel with heat treatment that guarantees flexibility and a high resistance to breakage and corrosion. Their surface is treated with cataphoresis-KTL and subsequently powder coated. The diameter of the wire is 20mm. • Slides. There is choice of materials to be used on the siding surface of these games: HDPE sheet, best suited for areas of extreme heat, and AISI 304 stainless steel with a 1.5 mm thickness that prevents static electricity. • Handling Elements. Game elements such as tic-tac-toe, rattles, textures ...

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CONSERVATION OF WOOD. All wood receives a special protection treatment in accordance with European standard EN351. The need to apply a chemical treatment to the wood depends on the possibility that in the installation area there are that attack the wood.

SUPERFICIAL TREATMENT. The wood has a layer of lasur of primer and other of finishing, with what is obtained the maximum useful life, a great resistance to the meteorological agents, as well as a protection of the natural texture of the wood. All our wood components receive two finishing coats to saturate the fibres with pigments and guarantee the highest quality. The steel elements are subjected to a thermos- galvanized or/and powder lacquered treatment with polyester resin paint.

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ENVIRONMENT, QUALITY AND SECURITY SYSTEMS. The Design and R + D + i departments focus their efforts on the creation of safe play areas; that is why all our products comply with the European certification EN-1176 issued by the TÜV Product Service. Galopín Playgrounds SL is a company that allocates a high amount of not only economic, but also human resources, to remain at the top of the sector as one of the most certified companies in an environment of continuous improvement, as demonstrated by the ISO 9001 Certifications: Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Systems, and UNE 160002 R + D + i Management Systems. In addition, our ranges comply with the following specific regulations:

EN1176 of Equipment for play areas and surfaces

EN16630 of Fixed fitness equipment installed outdoors

EN15312 of Sports equipment of free access

DIN33942 of Equipment without barriers for play areas

PPP55021A for dog circuits.

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WARRANTIES. Our degree of commitment and the quality of our products is reflected on the following warranties: •

15-year warranty on failures due to manufacturing defects or decomposition of HDPE and HPL panels. These panels feature top protection against ultraviolet radiation, although with time their color may be slightly altered.

15-year warranty on galvanized posts and pieces, powder coated and anodized aluminum, and stainless steel (*).

15-year warranty on the supply of all replacement pieces for the game units beginning on the date on which the sale was made.

10-year warranty on wood decay, structural or manufacturing defects.

5-year warranty on spring ruptures, on the coating of zinc-coated posts, on coated plywood panels, screws and molded plastic pieces (except mobile or mechanical systems).

5-year warranty on climbing ropes and against any manufacturing or structural defect.

2-year warranty for the rest of the equipment components.

The warranty coverage of the damaged parts will be applicable as long as the installation and maintenance has been carried out in accordance to the instructions and indications provided by the company Galopín Playgrounds, SL. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, nor the damages caused by vandalism and improper use of units The warranty shall be considered void in the event of modification, intervention or substitution of unauthorized aftermarket pieces. (*) Units installed in coastal areas, less than 300 m from the shore, will be covered by the warranty for a period of up to 5 years.

SPACE REQUERIMENTS. In some cases, the safety zones of the equipment can overlap, but they should not under any circumstances in the case of slides, swings, carousels, zip lines and other elements that are not fixed.

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SHOCK ABSORBER SURFACES. The quality and the thickness of the impact absorption of material must comply with the safety standards EN1176 and EN1177. In addition, the material must allow adequate water drainage, as well as access to the anchors for maintenance. From Galopín Playgrounds, SL we give the option of using some HDPE lids to install on the elements that go on synthetic floor, and that facilitate this task.

Rubber and other synthetic materials. Install according to the manufacturer ‘s instructions.

No compact fillers (gravel, sand, wood shavings or sawdust). You should be placed in a uniform way, taking into account the standards EN1176 and EN1177 relating to the particle size, and the data that appear in the technical specifications of the playground manufacturer, regarding depth and fall height. It must be borne in mind that in areas of very intensive use this type of material tends to spread, so it’s important to do continuous supervision.

Other types of non-compact fillers. In this case, if the material is not listed in the standards EN1176 and EN1177 must submit homologation test by an authorized body.

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INSTALLATION. To facility installations, as well as other environmental and logistic requeriments, our elements are can be delivered in different ways: •

As a kit

In pre-assembled parts

Completely assembled

For reasons of safety, stability and protection against vandalism all elements must be well anchored to the ground. The playground elements of Galopín Playground, SL can be fixed to the floor in two ways: •

Anchorage to the ground with shoes or couplings.

With concrete. The hardness of the concrete must meet minimum requirements and the works must be carried out by qualified staff / company.

In the case of non-compact filling materials, the concrete and the elements must be left perfectly covered, in order to prevent the user from gaining access to them and to run some type of risk.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTION. To ensure that the structure of element is perfectly installed and completely safe, must be assembled following the instructions provide by manufacturer and delivered with all elements of Galopín Playgrounds SL. In addition, this task, must be commissioned by a qualified staff / company. If this is not done, security can be affected and the guarantee will lose its validity. If you need additional installation instructions, please contact the manufacturer or distributor. In order to avoid accidents, the structure of element must be completely inaccessible until it is completely installed.

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INSPECTION. Once the installation is completed, a safety, performance and assembly control should be carried out. If an equipment does not pass any of these controls, it will be necessary to take opportune measures before putting it into use.

MAINTENANCE OF LASURED ELEMENTS. To preserve the appearance and properties of wood, it is essential to apply proper maintenance. The maintenance intervals and the choice of method depends on the location of element and the use.

RETOUCHING OF COMPONENTS OF STEEL LACQUARED TO DUST. Our touch-up paints are suitable for repairing any damage on powder-coated surfaces. The process to apply it would be the following: •

The minimum temperature will be 10ºC. Do not apply in full sun.

Carefully sand all edges around the damage area.

Clean the area with turpentine.

Apply the paint for touch-ups and let dry 8h

RECICLYING. The materials used by Galopín Playgrounds, SL comply with the technical requirements and cause the least possible environmental impact throughout their life cycle. Our products can be separated into pieces that facilitate the recycling of materials. Bellow you will find some examples of waste disposal methods, that you can use depending on the type of material: •

Wood: recycling, energy recovery.

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Metals: recycling.

HPL: energy recovery.

Plastics: recycling, energy recovery.

VARIATIONS IN THE DESIGN OF THE PRODUCTS. Galopín Playgrounds, SL reserves the right to modify the design specifications without previous notice.

MODIFICATION OF THE EQUIPMENTS. Changes to a part of equipment or structure that may alter the intrinsic safety of elements, only be made after consulting Galopín Playgrounds, SL.

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INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE. THE MOST NOTABLE.LO MÁS DESTACADO. BOLTS AND SCREWS. •

Retighten when suitable. Loose bolts can lead to quality and safety problems, especially in wooden elements or structures with movement.

Check if any screws or bolts are missing. Replenish

ANCHORAGE. •

The playground elements must have a fixed anchor.

The foundation must be accessible for maintenance, regardless of the type of anchoring.

SOILS. •

The maximum free fall height is 3m.

The impact absorption surface must be soft, according to EN1177, and placed according to the corresponding fall height.

The impact absorption surface must be at least 1.5m around the game structure. According to the height of fall of the game this dimension varies.

There should be no hard objects with sharp edges. However, according to EN1176 there are elements that can overlap their areas. This does not apply to forced movement elements such as slides, zip lines or swings, for example.

PAINTING. •

Check if there are areas of putrefaction.

The treated wood should be cleaned every three years.

Lacquered steel is painted according to wear.

To maintain the powder coating, paint damage must be touched up.

Check that the drain openings are not obstructed.

SPARE PARTS. •

Always use original spare parts and subjected to safety tests (contact Galopín Playgrounds SL)

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MOBILE. •

Lubricate at regular intervals.

Replace worn parts.

There should be no finger entrapment or sharp edges between moving parts and fixed parts.

Inspect the zip line cables, lubricating them and tightening them again when necessary.

La superficie de absorción de impacto debe estar como mínimo 1,5m alrededor de la estructura de juego. Según la altura de caída del juego esta dimensión varía.

No debe haber objetos duros ni con aristas vivas. Sin embargo, según la EN1176 hay elementos que pueden solapar sus áreas. Esto no aplica a elementos de movimiento forzado como toboganes, tirolinas o columpios, por ejemplo.

Inspeccionar los cables de la tirolina, lubricándolos y tensándolos de nuevo cuando sea necesario.

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT. THE MOST NOTABLE. BEAMS AND BARS •

Supervise the fixings, the screws, the fittings and the wear of the pre-drilled holes.

No protruding parts are allowed in the head or foot area.

FLOOR. •

Check the screws, the fittings and the boards; change if applicable.

For gaming equipment not accessible to children under 36 months:

platforms of more than 1m in height must have protection against falls in the form of a railing with a height of the edge of 600 to 850mm.

platforms over 2m high must have fall protection in the form of a barrier with a minimum height of 700mm.

For equipment accessible to all ages: •

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The platforms must have fall protection in the form of a barrier with a minimum height of 700mm, if the platform is at a height of more than 600 above the

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surface of the game. o in the barriers, the fixings, the screws, the fittings must be controlled and the damaged panels or boards must be replaced. •

Barriers cannot have elements that invite climbing.

SWINGS. •

Regularly check the fixing for wear.

At most there can only be two swings per lintel. o There must be more than 400mm of distance between the floor and the lower edge of the swing seat.

Check that there is sufficient minimum clearance and the impact absorption surface indicated in the manufacturer’s data sheet.

PENDANTS AND BRIDGES HANGING. •

Supervise the handrails or connecting chains of walkways and suspension bridges. Change if they are damaged.

Check the fixings. o Check for missing boards or if they are broken or worn.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT. •

Check Sport and Health material that requires continuous inspection.

CAROUSELS. •

Check the operation of the element, especially the brake and bearings.

Supervise the handrails or connecting chains of walkways and suspension bridges. Change if they are damaged.

Check the fixings.

Check for missing boards or if they are broken or worn.

CLIMBING AND ROCODROME NETWORKS. •

Supervise all climbing elements that wear out with intensive use: ropes, climbing nets, climbing ropes, rings ....

The diameter of the rungs should be from 16 to 45mm.

CHAINS. •

Must be of the short link type with a maximum opening of 8.6mm.

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Check the wear at the fixing points.

The chain should not be excessively long (the risk of strangulation should be avoided).

ZIP LINES. •

Check that the car runs without friction.

Supervise the cable. If it is deteriorated it must be changed; It should also be greased when necessary.

Ensure that the seat has the suspension of the plasticized or protected chain.

If any of the components is damaged, replace it immediately.

The seat must hang at least 2.1m below the support cable. In the case of hanging type zip lines, the handle should hang at least 0.3m.

The free height under the seat must be at least 350mm with a load of 69.5kg. Tension the cable if necessary.

The maximum free fall height is 2m sitting and 3m hanging.

The fixing height of the cable must be at least 2.5m from the ground.

The free space should be 1.5m outside the structure if there is a platform, 2m on both sides of the cable and 2m on arrival when the seat is deployed.

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The slides belonging to a game structure must be equipped with protection at the entrance.

Check the inclination of the slides so that water does not accumulate in the outlet section.

Make sure that the sliding surface complies with the specifications of the EN1176 standard. The safety zone must be more than 1.5m outside the structure, 2m in the front and at least 1m on both sides of the slide. The impact absorption floor must meet the requirements equivalent to the fall height of the element, according to the manufacturer’s data sheet. Often at the exit of the slide there is no sand or there is spent rubber, for example; in these cases correct.

Check that there are no wedge-shaped openings in areas that connect the slide to the structure, and that could generate entrapments.

The starting part must not end more than 350 mm above the playing surface.

It is recommended that the exit part of the slide be oriented towards the north, to reduce the risk of the sheet heating with the sun.

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Tube: •

Supervise all unions. If necessary, tighten the bolts.

Check the internal welds.

ROOFTOPS. •

Check fasteners, bolts, fittings and retighten if necessary.

Supervise the tables and replace the damaged ones.

STAIRS AND STAIRS. •

The flat steps must be embedded in the sides of the stairs or fixed in a similar way. The little steps should not turn. Railings should be placed if the stairway is more than 1m above the ground or if it is to be accessible.

The steps of the stairs have a lot of wear. Replace the steps to avoid the risk of slipping.

WATER AND SAND GAMES. •

The flat steps must be embedded in the sides of the stairs or fixed in a similar way. The little steps should not turn. Railings should be placed if the stairway is more than 1m above the ground or if it is to be accessible.

The steps of the stairs have a lot of wear. Replace the steps to avoid the risk of slipping.

WATER AND SAND GAMES. •

o Supervise all moving parts: cups, chains, hoppers, channels, ... in case of deterioration, they must be corrected or replaced.

o Check the connections and closures and empty the water in winter.

o When the water is connected in the spring, the operation of the pump, the state of the water channels and, if applicable, the pump must be changed.

CAMPING BANKS AND FURNITURE. •

Check if the bank tables are broken or damaged. Treat them or change them.

Normally this type of furniture should be washed every three years.

FENCES. •

Inspect, repair, complete and paint fences and closures.

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INSPECTION PROGRAM. For children, the pleasure of the game is greater if the equipment is in the best conditions and is checked regularly, as it will bring confidence to them and peace of mind to those responsible. On the other hand, the durability and safety of the elements will also depend to a great extent on the maintenance service, together with the fact that the products manufactured by Galopín Playgrounds, SL comply with the main quality standards. The maintenance of the products manufactured by Galopín Playgrounds SL must be carried out in accordance with the European Regulation of Routine and Functional Inspection and Maintenance, of the Equipment for Playgrounds EN1176-7. The frequency of inspection will vary depending on the type of equipment, the materials used and other factors such as intensive use, vandalism, location near the sea, environmental pollution or the age of the equipment. If the inspection reveals the lack of security of any of the parts and it is not possible to replace or repair said part or pieces immediately, the use of the equipment (or of the part pending repair) must be prevented by immobilization or withdrawal from it. > VISUAL INSPECTION OF ROUTINE. Inspection aimed at identifying obvious risks that may result from normal use, vandalism or weather conditions. You must have at least the following points, and if the equipment is used intensively or is subject to vandalism, this type of inspection should be done daily:

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Structure not curved, cracked or loose.

Surface finish: that the paint is not damaged or oxidized, and that it does not present deterioration of any type, nor cutting surfaces.

Foundation without cracks, not loose and not exposed to the weather due to damage or wear of the finished surface used.

Surface of impact absorption: check that it is not compacted, damaged, or flooded, and that there is no dirt or sharp elements on it. (If the installation is made on a surface with grass, make sure that it is in optimal conditions, because if the maintenance of the same is not correct, its impact absorption capacity will be significantly reduced; Non-firm filler make sure that the surface is in good condition and that the thickness matches the “basic level” marks of the equipment).

Consumable items are not bent, broken, loose or worn.

All pieces are subject and there is no excessive play between them that may cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

All protections are in place.

> FUNCTIONAL INSPECTION (AT INTERVALS BETWEEN 1 AND 3 MONTHS). More detailed inspection than routine visual inspection, to verify the operation and stability of the equipment: •

The equipment works correctly.

Structure not curved, cracked or loose.

Surface finish: that the paint is not damaged or oxidized, and that it does not present deterioration of any type, nor cutting surfaces.

Foundation without cracks, not loose and not exposed to the weather due to damage or wear of the finished surface used.

Surface of impact absorption: check that it is not compacted, damaged, or flooded, and that there is no dirt or sharp elements on it. (If the installation is made on a surface with grass, make sure that it is in optimal conditions, because if the maintenance of the same is not correct, its impact absorption capacity will be significantly reduced; Non-firm filler make sure that the surface is in good condition and that the thickness matches the “basic level” marks of the equipment).

Consumable items are not bent, broken, loose or worn.

All pieces are subject and there is no excessive play between them that may cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

All fasteners are tight and have no sharp protrusions.

The area must be free of dangerous objects and waste.

The welds do not show visible cracks or corrosion.

The fall surface, free space and the surrounding area are free of obstructions and points where it is possible to trip over.

All plastic parts are in perfect condition and safe, and without sharp edges.

The rotating and mobile components work without problems (grease if necessary).

Non-slip surfaces are not worn in the support area.

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COMPONENTS: POLYETHYLENE PANELS:

The panels do not have cracks or other damages. Replace if necessary.

All polyethylene panels are made of HDPE with UV stabilizer to offer a long life free of problems. However, some loss of color and deterioration of the material can be expected after a long time of exposure to ultraviolet rays. This will vary depending on the location and orientation of the panel, but after a period of 15 years all panels should be checked periodically for signs of deterioration and replaced if necessary.

STRINGS AND ITS COMPONENTS:

The strings are not frayed.

All fasteners must be tight and without sharp edges.

The ropes maintain adequate tension.

CHAINS:

The chains are not CHAIN AND ITS COMPONENTS twisted.

ARGOLLAS:

The rings must be replaced if they are not in perfect conditions of use.

CAPS:

Check the wear of the bushing. Replace if applicable.

SPRINGS:

Look for signs of wear or friction. It will be necessary to immediately replace the parts if they show signs of cracks, permanent deformation, wear or oxidation.

The spring should be checked regularly for signs of rust, deformation, friction, cracks or other damage.

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All wood components are in perfect condition, without sharp edges or splinters. If it is necessary to replace the piece.

Wood is a living material that depending on the conditions to which it is subjected

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can contract or expand, causing the appearance of temporary cracks; therefore, these should be monitored to ensure that there are no entrapments.

STEPS

No steps are broken and secure.

SEATS OF SWING

The seats must be at the correct height.

Flat seats and basket must be level. Those of cradle and adapted must form an angle and have a certain fall.

The seats must not be damaged or contain foreign objects.

The chains are not twisted.

ANTI-SLIP SURFACES

Non-slip surfaces are not worn. If necessary, replace.

There are no slippery surfaces on non-slip surfaces. In that case, clean.

> ANNUAL MAIN INSPECTION. Inspection aimed at establishing the general level of safety of the equipment, foundations and playing surfaces. A specialized engineer must carry out a detailed inspection, whose results must maintain a permanent record:

Inspection of anchoring systems.

Control of the conditions of the structure.

Check the conditions of the lacquered pieces.

Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

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LIST OF INSPECTIONS AND PERIODICITY DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF ITEM: STRUCTURES. •

Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Check that there are no splinters.

Quarterly ››

Make sure that the equipment works correctly.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Make sure that the non-slip surfaces are not worn in the support area.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Control of the conditions of the structure.

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Check the conditions of the lacquered pieces.

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Check that the posts are in good condition.

SPRINGS AND ROCKERS. •

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Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.  Check that all guards are in place.

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Quarterly ››

Make sure that the equipment works correctly.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Check the stability of the element.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the conditions of the lacquered pieces.

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Make sure there is no corrosion in the springs.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

SWINGS. •

Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Make sure that the wooden poles are not chipped.

Quarterly ››

Make sure that the equipment works correctly.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Check the stability of the element.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the conditions of the lacquered pieces.

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Make sure that the wooden poles are not chipped.

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Check that the posts are in good condition.

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Check the seat bindings.

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Check that there is no corrosion in the chains or in the joint systems.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

TIROLINAS AND CAROUSELS. •

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Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Make sure that the wooden elements are not chipped.

Quarterly ››

Make sure that the equipment works correctly.

››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

››

Check the stability of the element.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the conditions of the lacquered pieces.

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Make sure that the wooden elements are not chipped.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

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Check the cable tension (the seat must be at least 400mm from the ground)

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Monitor the efficiency of the dock.  Check that the slide carriage is working correctly and is not worn out by use.  Check that the handles and the seat are not worn by use.  Grease the bearings according to the instructions of Galopín Playgrounds, SL.

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SLIDE. •

Monthly ››

 Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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 Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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 Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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 Check that all guards are in place.

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 Check that there are no splinters if applicable, or broken parts.

Quarterly ››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Monitor the stability of the element.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Check the assemblies between pieces, which are correctly placed to avoid any risk of entrapment during the sliding.

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Make sure that the non-slip surfaces are not worn in the support area.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the lacquered pieces.

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Check that the posts are in good condition.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

CREATIVOS. •

Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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››

Check that there are no splinters if applicable, or broken parts.

Quarterly ››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

››

Monitor the stability of the element.

››

Make sure that the equipment works correctly.

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Check that all guards are in place.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the lacquered pieces.

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Check that there are no splinters if applicable, or broken parts.

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Check that there is no water leakage if applicable.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

MULTI-DEPTH TRACKS. •

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Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

››

Check that all guards are in place.

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Check that there are no broken parts.

Quarterly ››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings. Retighten if necessary.

››

Monitor the stability of the element.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the welds.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

HEALTHY •

Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

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Check that all guards are in place.

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Check that there are no broken parts.

Quarterly ››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings. Retighten if necessary.

››

Make sure that the equipment works correctly.

››

Monitor the stability of the element.

››

Check that all guards are in place.

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Check that the moving parts work correctly.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check the welds.

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Lubricate if necessary.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

BIKES •

Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or

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specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

››

Check that all guards are in place.

››

Check that there are no broken parts.

Quarterly ››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings. Retighten if necessary.

››

Monitor the stability of the element.

››

Check that all guards are in place.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

››

Check that there are no splinters or broken parts that could pose a risk to the user.

››

Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

CANES •

Monthly ››

Routine visual inspection to identify risks arising from acts of vandalism, use or specific weather conditions.

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Check that all parts are attached and that there is no excessive play between them that could cause entrapment of fingers or any other part of the body.

››

Inspection of the tightening of all fixings.

››

Check that all guards are in place.

››

Check that there are no broken parts.

Quarterly ››

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Inspection of the tightening of all fixings. Retighten if necessary.

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››

Monitor the stability of the element.

››

Check that all guards are in place.

Annual ››

Inspection of anchoring systems.

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Check that there are no splinters or broken parts that may pose a risk.

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Carry out a complete cleaning of the element.

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Once all these points have been checked, it is necessary to take the corrective measures that are required. To organize the maintenance, the EN1176-7 recommends that the entity in charge of it prepare a specific agenda for each space of value, taking into account the instructions of Galopín Playgrounds, SL and the concrete conditions of use. For this we recommend having a folder with important documents, which will make maintenance easier, more rational and efficient:

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Plan of the game area (design of the municipal engineering department or of the manufacturer itself)

Equipment technical sheets.

Installation instructions.

Product certificates.

Certificates of conformity if applicable.

Inspection sheet issued by Galopín Playgrounds, SL.

Generic maintenance plan for Galopín Playgrounds, SL.

Maintenance schedule for each element.

Inspection records made.

ccident declaration form.

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Below is an sample page of the Technical sheet, the manual and an exploded view. DESCRIPTION OF ELEMENT

REFERENCE OF ELEMENT

EL LORITO Spring Swing The Little Parrot Le Perroquet Zona de impacto/ Impact zone/ Zone d'impact:

2 /4

U50A_P

009-14-0009057-1

CODE OF ELEMENT

DIMENSIONES GENERALES/ GENERAL DIMENSIONS/ DIMENSIONS GÉNÉRALES TOLERANCIAS/ TOLERANCES/ TOLERANCES: +-3%

Superficie de seguridad requerida y revestimientos del suelo según las normas EN1176-6 y EN1176-1. Safety surface required and floor covering according to the standard EN 1176-6 and EN1176-1. Zone de sécurité et revêtement du sol conformes à las normes EN 1176-6 et EN1176-1.

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130

244

COMPLETE MEASURES AND FALL HEIGHT

SAFETY AREA

130

H= 50

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82

100

H = 0,50 m S = 7,6 m²

INSTALACIÓN/ INSTALLATION/ INSTALLATION: Tipos de cimentación/ Types of foundation/ Types de fondation: SB / SD Disponibilidad de repuestos/Availability of replacement parts/Disponibilité de pièces de replacement: 10 años/ 10 years/ 10 années

DESCRIPTION OF ELEMENT

1 h.

MONTAGE HOURS

REFERENCE OF ELEMENT

EL LORITO Spring Swing The Little Parrot Le Perroquet

3 /3

U50A_P

009-14-0009057-1

CODE OF ELEMENT

DEFINITION OF FASTENINGS AND ASSEMBLE OF ELEMENT

06-8022-101

07-0003-004 06-0011-101 07-0004-004

GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L. se reserva el derecho de modificar sin previo aviso la información contenida en este documento. GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L. reserves the right to change the information contained in this document without prior notice. GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L. se réserve le droit de modifier ses produits sans préavis les informations contenues dans le présent document.

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DESCRIPTION OF ELEMENT

REFERENCE OF ELEMENT DESPIECE / DETAIL / DÉPEÇAGE

EL LORITO Spring Swing The Little Parrot Le Perroquet

1 /5

U50A_P

009-14-0009057-1

CODE OF ELEMENT

Fabricado por / Made by /Fabriqué par GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L.

REPLACE LIST

Referencia 03-0695-004 04-0009-008_P 04-0010-007_P 04-0011-002_P 04-0012-007P 05-0002-101 05-0003-105 05-1055-105 05-3000-102 05-3001-105 05-3002-105 05-3003-105 05-3359-103 05-5004-104_GR 06-0011-101 06-0011-102 06-0015-102 06-10148-101 06-1060-101 06-2070-100 06-4013-101 06-5012-102 06-8022-101 07-0001-005 07-0002-005 07-0003-004 07-0004-004 07-0007-003 07-0010-004 07-0058-004 08-0017-105 08-0109-102 08-0110-102

Cant. 1 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 20 2 8 7 5 4 4 16 8 2 2 12 26 2 1 18 1 1 1

Descripción Asiento muelle avellanados Cuerpo lorito naranja Pico lorito verde Ala lorito azul Cola lorito y gallina verde Base de muelle acero inox. Escuadra reforzada Barra D25x350 aluminio Abarcón M12x33x80 Dacromet Antipellizcos base baja aluminio Antipellizcos base alta aluminio Antipellizcos tapa aluminio Abarcón M12x33x106 Dacromet Muelle hierro gris Tuerca hex. seguridad M10 DIN985 inox. Tuerca hex. seguridad M10 DIN985 zinc. Tuerca seguridad M12 DIN985 zinc. Tornillo Alomado Allen ISO 7380 M10x55 Inox Tornillo c/plana 10x60 DIN603 inox. Anclaje W-HA 10x70 (speed) bicrom. Tirafondo c/cilin. 3,5x13 DIN7981 inox. Arandela M12 DIN125 zinc. Tornillo allen avellanado DIN7991 M10x40 inox Base donut grande negro Tapon donut grande negro Base donut pequeño gris Tapón donut pequeño gris Rueda adorno blanco Placa normativa gris Base donut pequeño sin talón gris Chapa identificación aluminio Tornillo especial M10 x 457 Tornillo especial M10 x 417

DESPIECE / Detail / Dépeçage U50A_P_SD

GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L. se reserva el derecho de modificar sin previo aviso la información contenida en este documento. GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L. reserves the right to change the information contained in this document without prior notice. GALOPÍN PLAYGROUNDS, S.L. se réserve le droit de modifier ses produits sans préavis les informations contenues dans le présent document.

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ANCHORING OF ELEMENT


MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. During the execution of any maintenance procedure, it is necessary to put the element out of service and warn the user of the risks that could be faced if not done in this way. All spare parts must meet the specifications of Galopín Playgrounds SL or be acquired directly from the manufacturing company. As a customer you must identify the part in the breakdowns and the mounting method in the installation instructions. Here is a list of the maintenance components: •

Finished with powder coating of steel and aluminum components. ››

Apart from the periodic inspections mentioned above, we recommend cleaning the powder coating with a neutral soapy solution and a soft cloth, at least once a year (if the conditions of the element are special, the periodicity can be increased). Do not use solvents or strong solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters, acetone cleaners or abrasive polishers.

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The joints between lacquered and stainless steel should be specially checked, since they are areas where corrosion can accelerate.

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In case of any friction detected on the surface of the coating, it should be repaired as soon as possible; For this, the area is sanded, cleaned and immediately afterwards the corresponding paint is applied (request to Galopín Playgrounds, SL.).

Galvanised steel. All galvanized parts should be checked periodically for any damage that may cause their oxidation. If it is necessary to deal with a suitable application of cold galvanized (consult with Galopín Playgrounds, SL.).

Wood.

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Eliminate all sharp edges or chips.

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Monitor possible cracks to ensure that no trapping is generated.

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Access surfaces must be cleaned periodically to prevent them from becoming slippery.

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Apply lasur every so often to protect and lengthen the life of the wood.

Polyethylene. ››

The HDPE elements can be cleaned when necessary with a paint cleaner (consult with Galopín Playgrounds, SL.).

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Anti-slip. Non-slip surfaces must be replaced before the top layer is completely worn.

Strings. ››

Small superficial cuts can be resealed by melting the frayed ends with a small flame. If done immediately, the additional separation of the plastic filaments will be stopped.

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Replace the network in case of serious damage or wear. Consult the details provided to request the reference and follow the installation instructions of Galopín Playgrounds, SL.

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Chain links and support ropes. Replace in case of damage or wear. See the details provided to request the reference and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Caps. Grease the bearing caps with mineral oil.

Bearings. Refer to the installation instructions for procedures and spare bearing sections.

Dams.

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If a panel needs to be replaced, consult the details provided to request the reference and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

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Ensure that all dams are in the correct position and well fixed.

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The dams can be cleaned with water and a brush with hard bristles to avoid elements that can be slippery.

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Consult the details provided to request the reference and follow the installation instructions of Galopín Playgrounds, SL.

Plastic slides. ››

The HDPE elements can be cleaned when necessary with a paint cleaner (consult with Galopín Playgrounds, SL.).

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All the plastic elements of Galopín Playgrounds, SL are manufactured in HDPE with UV stabilizer to offer a long life free of problems. However, some loss of color and deterioration of the material can be expected after a long period of exposure to ultraviolet rays. This will vary depending on the location and orientation of the slide, but after a period of fifteen years all panels should be

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periodically checked for signs of deterioration, and replaced if necessary. •

Stainless steel tube slides ››

Ensure that all clamp rings are securely fastened and all tube sections are firmly attached. There should be no separation between the sections.

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The slide must be perfectly seated on its supports

Methacrylate. ››

We recommend to clean the methacrylate panels with a neutral soapy solution and a soft cloth, at least once a year (if the conditions of the element are special, the periodicity can be increased). Do not use solvents or strong solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, esters, acetone cleaners or abrasive polishers, or dry clean.

MAINTENANCE OF THE AREA AND THE ENVIRONMENT. A playground is not limited by equipment; it also includes the soil and the environment; both must also be taken into account when doing maintenance, even indirectly: •

Cushioning floors ››

Monthly: on loose fill surfaces, rake to eliminate unknown or potentially dangerous objects and level.

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Quarterly: rubber cleaning with high pressure.

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Annual: check the thickness of the floors and in the case of loose filling surface add material if necessary.

Enviroment. ››

Ensure, at regular intervals, that the state of the vegetation present in the park or around it does not present risks for the user.

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Prune if necessary to ensure there are no hazards in the equipment drop areas, and that the area remains clear of obstacles.

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Check that the posters present in the park have updated information (emergency data, contact in case of accident ...)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE REMOVAL OF EQUIPMENT. At the end of its useful life, the elements manufactured by Galopín Playgrounds, SL can be disassembled and classify the pieces according to the type of material, for recycling or disposal:

Stainless steel in slides, handrails, fittings and screws.

EPDM in membranes and seats.

Molded rubber on swings seats.

Polyethylene in panels.

Galvanized steel in fittings, structures and screws.

Ropes with steel core in the networks.

Aluminium on poles and structures.

HPL in panels.

Galopín Playgrounds SL advises to deliver the pieces to specialized companies so that they can be recycled.

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FORM FOR INSPECTIONS ROUTINE VISUAL INSPECTION:

POINT OF INSPECTION

POS.

NEG.

CORRECTIVE MEASURES / OBSERVATIONS

Area of security clean and free of foreign objects

Security area without defects

No water accumulations

No insects or animal nests

The vegetation does not interfere in the play area The surface of the game is clean and free of foreign objects The fixings of all the elements and accessories are safe and remain intact

The ropes are in good condition

The wooden elements do not have splinters

Structure not curved, cracked or loose Surface finish: the paint is not damaged or oxidized, and has no deterioration of any kind, nor sharp surfaces Foundation without cracks, not loose and not exposed to the weather due to damage or wear of the finish surface used Check that the consumables are not bent, broken, loose or worn

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FUNCTIONAL INSPECTION:

POINT OF INSPECTION

The daily maintenance has served to keep the surfaces clean

Impact absorption surface: check that it is not compacted, damaged, or flooded, and that there is no dirt or sharp elements on it.

The vegetation does not interfere in the play area

Check the stability and integrity of the game

Check deterioration, wear and vandalism of structural parts

Check the contact areas between the wooden and metal parts for variations in the dimensions of the wood

The surface of the game and its security area are clean and free of foreign objects

No components are missing or broken

The fixings of all the elements and accessories are safe and remain intact

The metal surfaces and the welds are smooth, without pointed protrusions

The metal surfaces and the welds are smooth, without pointed protrusions

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POS.

NEG.

CORRECTIVE MEASURES / OBSERVATIONS


POINT OF INSPECTION

POS.

NEG.

CORRECTIVE MEASURES / OBSERVATIONS

The ropes are in good condition

The wooden elements do not have splinters

The equipment works correctly

Structure not curved, cracked or loose

Surface finish: that the paint is not damaged or oxidized, and that it does not present deterioration of any type, nor sharp surfaces Foundation without cracks, not loose and not exposed to the weather due to damage or wear of the finish surface used Check that the consumables are not bent, broken, loose or worn

All plastic parts are in perfect condition and safe, and without sharp edges

The rotating and mobile components work without problems (grease if necessary)

Non-slip surfaces are not worn in the support area

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ANNUAL MAIN INSPECTION:

POINT OF INSPECTION

Record of all inspections and actions carried out is maintained

Maintenance planning, repairs or components added or replaced are adequate The game elements are appropriate to the age, number and physical conditions of the users The wooden parts do not show signs of rot or deterioration

The metal parts show no signs of corrosion

A re-tightening of all the hardware of the game has been checked and carried out, if necessary Broken or damaged components have been replaced

The security surface has been inspected to ensure it is in optimal condition

Review of anchoring systems

Control of the conditions of the structure

Check the conditions of the lacquered pieces

Carry out a complete cleaning of the element

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POS.

NEG.

CORRECTIVE MEASURES / OBSERVATIONS


To assist in its management, GalopĂ­n Playgrounds, SL undertakes to collaborate with its repair and / or maintenance service so that the corrective measures are carried out more effectively.

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