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ASTM F2461-23

Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment

Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment F2461-23 ASTM|F2461-23|en-US Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment Standard new BOS Vol. 15.07 Committee F24
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1.1 This practice covers information for manufacture, construction, operations and maintenance of aquatic play equipment and provides safety performance standards for various types of public aquatic play components and aquatic play composite structures.

1.2 Inclusions: 

1.2.1 Climbable and climb-resistant aquatic play components, composite aquatic play structures, user controls, water sprays, fountains, and slides that occur on wet decks and wading, swimming or leisure pools. The play components specified herein occur for use in aquatic play areas.

1.2.2 Play equipment, fall zones, use zones for wet decks, wading pools, swimming pools and leisure pools.

1.2.3 This standard is intended to apply to Aquatic Play Equipment that is located in and around re- circulated and potable water recreational facilities. Such facilities include but are not limited to amusement parks, theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, municipal swimming pools and municipal parks.

1.2.4 Waterslides 6 ft in height or smaller.

1.3 Exclusions: 

1.3.1 Playground equipment that does not have an entry or an exit onto or into a wet deck, wading pool, swimming pool or aquatic recreation pool.

1.3.2 Home playground or home pool equipment or play equipment as scoped in Consumer Safety Performance Specification F1148-21 and ANSI/NSPI-5.

1.3.3 Waterslides as scoped in Practice F2376-22.

1.3.4 Flotation devices used on water slides or in swimming pools.

1.3.5 Swimming pools as specified by ANSI/NSPI-1 or ANSI/IAF-9.

1.3.6 Products or facility elements specifically designed to provide access to and from pools for people with disabilities.

1.3.7 Water rides such as log flumes, raft rides, inner tube rides, waterslides or other attractions where the participant sits in a vehicle or is physically propelled or moved by or with water.

1.3.8 Sports equipment, fitness equipment, and diving equipment.

1.4 Compliance: 

1.4.1 Where water is indirectly or directly added or applied to Consumer Safety Performance Specification F1487-21 play equipment, the equipment shall comply with this standard. Where a requirement for compliance to a section of the Consumer Safety Performance Specification F1487-21 standard is required by this standard, the section number is preceded with the standard's designation.

1.4.2 Soft contained play structures with aquatic play components shall comply with Safety Performance Specification F1918-21 except as modified by this standard.

1.4.3 Aquatic play components and composite play structures represented, as complying with this safety performance standard shall meet all applicable requirements specified herein. Anyone representing compliance with this standard shall keep such essential records as are necessary to document any claim that the requirements within this standard have been met.

1.5 This standard includes the following sections:


Section 1

Referenced Documents

Section 2


Section 3

Manufacturing and Materials

Section 4


Section 5

Performance Requirements

Section 6

Operator Responsibilities

Section 7


Section 8

Installer Responsibilities

Section 9

1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. (The conversion factor from inch-pound to metric units is 1 in. = 25.4 mm, and 1 lb = 4.4482 N.)

1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.8 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 15.07
Developed by Subcommittee: F24.70
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.1520/F2461-23
ICS Code: 97.220.10; 97.220.40