DOE HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY , SAFETY REGULATIONS, and
PLAYGROUND SAFETY REGULATIONS
Policy 1110-6 and Regulations 1110-6.1 and 6.2 are recommended reading for all involved in playground planning,
construction, use, and maintenance. Please contact the Facilities Branch at 733-4860 if there are any questions.
Health and Safety Policy 1110-6
The Department of Education (DOE) has a fundamental responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work and
learning environment for all public school students, employees and persons under its jurisdiction. The Department
shall maintain a Safety and Accident Prevention Program that complies with federal and state laws, safety standards
(The following regulations are companion to the DOE Health and Safety Policy 1110.)
1. The Superintendent shall convene a Department of Education Safety Committee for the purposes of
addressing workplace, employee and student safety and providing oversight over the implementation of the Board of
Education’s safety policy.
The membership shall include the Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, staff and district
representatives. A Hawaii State Student Council representative may attend as practical.
The chairperson of the Safety Committee shall be the administrator of the Safety and Security Services
section unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent.
Meetings will be held on a monthly basis. Committee members shall be expected to attend every Safety
2. Schools and other work sites shall establish local safety committees composed of a representative sampling
of the school’s or work site’s occupational groups.
The function of these committees shall be to address workplace, employee and student safety requirements,
concerns, issues, etc.
3. Schools shall include a School Safety Improvement Plan as part of their School Improvement Plan (SIP).
4. Schools and other work sites of the Department shall make every effort to reduce workplace injuries,
student injuries or any other category determined by the Superintendent by a percentage amount he/she determines
The Department shall recognize those schools and work sites attaining or surpassing these goals.
The Superintendent shall direct assistance to schools and work sites that do not attain the goals as set forth.
5. The Superintendent shall designate a point of contact (POC)/responsible person from the Superintendent’s
Office, the four divisions and seven districts. These POCs shall serve as the liaison/conduit with the State Safety
6. The Superintendent shall provide leadership in the promotion of general safety awareness and encourage
schools and other work sites to conduct activities that support safe work practices and general safety for students.
Legal precedence indicates that claims arise from injuries resulting from the existence of dangers produced by the
playground itself, the equipment installed at the playground and from inadequate supervision.
1. Schools are expected to provide reasonable supervision for their students. This duty extends to students
while on playgrounds during school hours, which include periods while school is in session and a reasonable time
immediately before and after school when students would normally be on a playground. Supervision is required
even before or after regular school hours if the school sponsors an activity or assures participants that supervision
would be provided.
Specific supervision is required if specific needs exist, or a dangerous or likely to be dangerous situation
2. The private source making the donation shall not be liable upon any claim for injury arising from the
donated equipment or fixture, provided that this provision shall not affect the responsibility or liability of
manufacturers of defective products nor shall it preclude the responsibilities of negligent persons who cause
dangerous conditions that result in injury.
The Facilities and Support Services Branch shall be responsible for assisting schools in reviewing the
playground specifications and/or equipment before installation and approval of the donation by the
Superintendent. Careful consideration shall be given to the physical siting/location of the playground
equipment. The donated playground equipment shall be included in the school’s property inventory.
3. In the absence of any Department guidelines, the guidelines contained in the Handbook for Public
Playground Safety, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, relating to playground equipment, shall prevail and
shall apply to equipment, installation and surfacing materials. American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM)
standards shall also be applicable.
4. Playground equipment and grounds shall be properly inspected and maintained. The school shall be
responsible for determining whether playground equipment and surfacing material are safe, unsafe, dangerous or in
disrepair, and shall remedy the condition by repair or disposal.
5. The School Inspection Program shall assist schools in the determination of the “safeness” of school
playgrounds. Where feasible, an expert shall be retained to assist in the determination of safeness.
6. These regulations shall prevail when schools use adjacent county parks, playgrounds and playground
7. Students shall be instructed about proper behaviors on the playground and in the use of playground
equipment with appropriate follow-up reviews.
8. Playground equipment shall be accessible to students with disabilities, as required by the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), and reasonable accommodations shall be made to allow for proper ingress/egress and
accessibility to identified equipment. Any new playground equipment shall meet minimum ADA standards.