How to choose a great supplier for your outdoor playground equipment
The first thing to consider when choosing a supplier for your outdoor playground equipment is safety. Your supplier will have to meet all the necessary regulatory standards and you’ll need to be sure you can rely on their quality and safety procedures. It’s a good idea to talk to more than one person before choosing a supplier.
The same point applies to inspecting equipment. Your local government or park may have an inspector that reviews playground equipment monthly or hourly; if you are in a larger metropolitan area, however, it may be necessary to have a third party, order inspections at the local, county or state level and conduct inspections on a regular basis so work can be done as efficiently and safely as possible.
What you should look out for when choosing an outdoor playground manufacturer
When choosing an outdoor playground manufacturer, there are several crucial factors you should look out for. These include brand reputation, design flexibility, product quality, and most importantly, safety.
Savvy parents know that the best playground equipment is the one that will provide you and your kids with a fun and safe environment. Check to see if the product you’re looking at has been rigorously tested and meets safety standards. Some manufacturers may offer additional guidance along the way.
Things to watch out for when buying outdoor playground equipment
When you’re looking for outdoor playground equipment, there are some things you need to watch out for. First, look for rust and make sure that the equipment is well-maintained. Second, check to see that the equipment is made of hardwood and not softwood, otherwise it may splinter and hurt your child. Finally, get a feel for the weight capacity of each piece. Children weighing less than 40 pounds are safe — anything heavier than 40 pounds should be considered unsafe even though adults can use it. Items to consider rust-resistant:
Remember that rust is a quick-acting poison and should be taken seriously.
Questions to ask a potential supplier before making a final decision
Here are some questions to help you through the process of finding a supplier:
- Is your company ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 certified?
- Are you a member of any industry associations and/or trade bodies?
- Do you have any certifications that you can provide us with?
- Where are you located? Try creating a map with the main areas you would like to emphasize.
- What certifications does your company require and what does that mean?
- What meets your Quality Management Framework (QMF)?
- What is your ISO quota?
- What is your Quality Management Framework learning objectives and how do you measure effectiveness?
- What do you consider a good customer experience and what does that look like?
- What is your SUPPLIER agreement?
- What is your sustainable resource management (SRM) program?
- What does it mean to ‘contribute’ and how can we get more of it?
Finding the right suppliers can be extremely difficult and error-prone. Stopping to ask and answer all those questions can leave you with a supplier that uses slave labor, does not pay taxes, has unacceptable health and safety practices, or is simply not the right fit for your business.