A New Standard in NSF-50
After four years of research, testing, and careful deliberation, NSF-50 has created a new standard for splash pad surfaces, recommending that all splash pads now include a surface that is both cushioned and slip-resistant. The standard also requires all surfaces to perform in the aquatic environment, and feature impermeability, cleanability, and chemical and UV stability.
This standard was created with the knowledge that playgrounds and splash pads are used in remarkably similar ways. Children climb, run, and jump as they interact with play features. Splash pads are simply playgrounds + water. As a result, they share some similar safety concerns. Most importantly, splash pad injuries could be mitigated or prevented by using a safety surface—namely, a surface that is both cushioned and slip-resistant without being abrasive.
Life Floor is the first surface in the world to meet this new standard. After nearly a decade of designing, testing, and building aquatic surfaces, we have been proud to contribute to the process of creating these new safety requirements. As experts in aquatic surfacing, we’re here to help you navigate the new standard and understand what it means for your facility.