There are very high Occupational Health and Safety requirements on school yards, in order to keep both students and teachers safe. There are many things to take into account and ways to maximize the safety of your school yard. Although the risk of injury is never entirely removed, you can make it a lot lower through these ideas listed below.
Hard surfaces under equipment
Having hard surfaces under equipment makes the risk of a child hurting themselves if they fall far higher. Try to implement softer surfaces such as bark or spongy flooring to cushion a fall.
Lack of maintenance
It is obvious that upkeep of any school yard is important. Broken or faulty equipment should be removed and dangers such as pot holes in the grass or slip hazards should also be taken care of to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Supervision is critical during recess and lunch in the school yard. Students should be watched to avoid them from doing anything that could cause themselves or someone else harm. It is difficult to keep an eye on everyone at the same time though, ensure you have enough supervisors to have eyes over the whole of the school yard during these times.
Little nooks and cranies seem to attract children, especially younger ones to see if they can fit in them. This could result in a child being trapped and getting injured. Look over the school yard to make sure there are no places that provide such opportunity.
Pinch points and sharp edges
Playgrounds often have nasty little defects that can cause injuries as such. Pinch points and sharp edges are big Occupational Health and Safety hazards and should be removed if possible.
High platforms without barriers
This should be obvious to make sure high places have barriers to reduce the risks of students falling and hurting themselves. However as kids enjoy climbing they sometimes will get to high places where they aren’t meant to be. This ties in with making sure playground equipment is used properly.
Overcrowded play areas
To many students running and playing in one place at the same time is very dangerous. Someone getting hurt is almost unavoidable when there are too many people running around in a small place. Make sure your supervisors look out for this in the school yard to avoid the extra injuries.
Ball Court Covers
Make sure your ball court covers are as safe as possible by padding all columns properly. Also make sure your ball court cover does not have cross bracing along the sides, as this is sure to cause some serious injuries if any student runs into it or trips on it.
How To Design Around Plain Space In Your House
Negative space defines good design. It’s often the most restrained spaces that are the most beautiful.
Reducing clutter and simplifying your living spaces can elevate your home. In Japanese culture, where interior design is exceptional, tasteful and pervasive; the concept of negative space is integral. It connects you to the wider world and prevents you feeling that your walls are closing in on you.
The trick is to decide how you’re going to frame your empty space. You can effect this through where you place your furniture.
It’s All About Balance
Try to look for negative space opportunities that will balance the room.
Train yourself to look for opportunities to create space. Will that cluttered table look better cleared off?
Look for spots that would look more sophisticated and simple if elements were removed.
Think Of Blank Space As Another Piece of Furniture
There’s a difference between intentional blank space and space you’ve just overlooked. A great way to think about this is to imagine blankness as a piece of furniture.
Where can you place it? What does it go well with? What does it clash with?
Give Space A Chance
Open spaces won’t always be right for you. Experiment, give things a try.
If, after a few days, the negative space hasn’t freshened the atmosphere of the room, then fill it with something. But keep in mind that empty space is always a tool in your arsenal.
Blank Space Opens Up A Room
Plenty of factors influence the feeling of size in a room. Blank space is one of the most important (as well as lighting & colour usage).
Rooms that embrace emptiness look much larger. Keep this in mind if you’re designing for a small space.
Use Mirrors To Add Detail to a Sparse Room
It can be difficult swapping over to emptiness and spaciousness. When we’re designing a space, we tend to prefer to load it up with objects to create an effect.
If you’re really struggling to pare back, a mirror can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. Mirrors add detail to a room without filling it with another distracting object.
They also make the openness feel more intentional, and they increase the feeling of space.
Blank Spaces Call Attention to Structure
If you’re in a house with a unique structure, open space can turn that into a feature.
Keeping hallways and entryways cleared can guide attention to the structure of the building itself.
Filled Spaces Are Often Cluttered Spaces
We all get attached to our belongings. But sometimes we end up attached to things that aren’t useful or meaningful to us.
Think about the spaces in your home. Do you really need the things that fill them, or is it just easier to leave them full?
Embrace the simplification of the spaces you live in.