Playground Safety - Public Health Sanitation Program

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) conducts inspections for compliance with the standards of the Health and Safety Code §756.061 of playground equipment at schools, child care facilities and municipal parks in areas of the State of Texas without local Health Departments and at all youth camps and state parks. The regulation requires all playground equipment purchased with public funds to comply with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Handbook for Public Playground Safety (PDF).

Playground equipment inspections may be conducted as part of a facility inspection.

Playground Safety Maintenance Checklist (PDF, 106KB)

For more information contact:

Telephone: (512) 834-6788

General Address:

Playground Safety MC 1987
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

Please note: DSHS does not conduct inspections of playground equipment at any private residence, in-home child care facilities, foster homes or adoption homes.