Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Faculty Advisor

Rosenstock, Joshua

Project Center

Washington, DC


This project examines the effectiveness of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's playground equipment categorization system and the dangers of thermal burn injuries on playgrounds. This was accomplished by researching new playground equipment, interviewing Consumer Product Safety Commission personnel familiar with the system and American Society for Testing and Materials members, and observing playground equipment directly. Our research concluded with the creation of a more modern playground equipment categorization system and recommendations for increasing public awareness regarding the dangers of thermal burns.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts