2009 A year in review for IPSI, LLC and a look forward to 2010

In September of 2009, IPSI went to Heidelberg, Germany’s Patrick Henry Village to offer the course to various Army personnel from throughout Germany as well as Belgium, Italy and France.

Germany CPSI Course Participants

September and October I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Japanese Park Facilities Association (JPFA) in Chicago Illinois and again at the NRPA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City Utah.Ken Kutska making presentation to JPFA in Salt Lake City I presented a history of the National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) and the development of the CPSI Course. We also toured the exhibit hall to show what is being developed and sold in the current U.S. playground equipment market. The JPFA is very similar in focus to the International Play Equipment Manufactures Association (IPEMA) with their main focus only in Japan. Their first play equipment safety standard was released in 2002. Their organization is interested in developing a program similar to the NRPA CPSI Course for playground inspectors. JPFA delegation at Slat Lake City Convention CenterMore recently they have shown interest in developing a course for playground maintenance similar to the one developed by the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA).

I will be meeting with some of their representatives in Tokyo, June 18 and 19, 2010 to discuss the development of such a program in Japan but more on this trip later.

In November it was off to Singapore where we presented the fifth CPSI Course for the National Parks Board and its Center for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) Classroom settingafter which we were off for Hong Kong to present the first CPSI Course and Exam for Playright HK, an non-governmental organization whose primary focus is to enrich the life of every child through quality play.

Ken Kutska, IPSI Excutive Director and co-instructor Tom Kalousek, NPSI Chairperson

Group Class photo at conclusion of CPSI Course

This charity was formed in 1987 and through their action and publicity covering advocacy, play resources, play outreach and play environments they hope to unlock the full potential of children in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia.

2010 is showing good signs of more growth for international playground safety training opportunities such as the National Recreation and Park Association’s Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam. This week I am off to Japan. June 15 -17 IPSI, LLC will be in Okinawa, Japan to present the CPSI Course at the Foster Marine Base. Over 4o U. S. military personnel from throughout the Pacific Rim Area will be in attendance.

IPSI also has scheduled a CPSI Course to be held in conjunction with the Republic of South Africa’s August 11-13, 2010 Biennial national Conference of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa.

And as of today IPSI is again negotiating with Playright Hong Kong for another CPSI Course in Kowloon Hong Kong some time in late September or early October.

What’s next only time will tell.

Next post will cover the latest recommended changes to the 2008 U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook as proposed by the CPSC May 25, 2010 in response to a letter from me, as Chair of the ASTM F15.29 Subcommittee, dated December 17, 2008.

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