AS 16630:2021 – Permanently installed outdoor fitness equipment – Safety requirements and test methods indicates “Fitness equipment is not intended to be installed in the immediate vicinity of children’s playgrounds in accordance with EN 1176 series (from which AS4685, 2021 has been adopted). If installed in connection with playground equipment, on playgrounds or similar installations, they shall be separated from general playing activities by an appropriate distance, fencing or other structural measures”.
The Standards’ existence alone will not necessarily prevent injuries. Like other physical activities, the use of outdoor fitness equipment involves the risk of injury.” Although subjective, it is generally accepted that the health benefits to the community provided by outdoor fitness equipment outweighs the risk. However, it is important that risk management procedures are implemented.