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, childcare 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:

Public Health Sanitation
Environmental Operations Branch, Mail Code 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347 

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