The National Standards Authority of Ireland has developed draft proposals in goalpost safety to cover areas such as Manufacture, Test Methods, Procurement and Installation.
I. S. 356 - Playing Field Equipment – Goals – Functional and Safety Requirements – Test Methods for Portable and Fixed Goals (Rugby /Gaelic & Soccer Goals under 5m length)
I.S. 357- Playing Field Equipment – Goals – Code of Practice on the Procurement, Installation, Maintenance, Inspection and Storage
These standards have been prepared by the NSAI Technical Committee on Goal Safety in response to fatal accidents involving defective, modified, unstable or incorrectly anchored goals.
This Irish Standard has been developed for those involved in the Manufacture and Testing of new goals and specifies Functional and Safety requirements for portable and fixed goals.
It specifies the functional requirements for portable and fixed goals for rugby, hurling and gaelic football, and soccer goals under 5,0 m length.
It is applicable to goals used for recreational, training or competition in indoor or outdoor areas. It is not applicable to goals that are classed as toys.
This Irish Standard has been developed specifically for those that are involved in the procurement, installation, maintenance, inspection and storage of goals.
It gives guidance for the procurement, installation, maintenance, storage and inspection, of goals. It also gives guidance for their inspection and testing by the owner.
It is applicable to goals that are used for recreational play, training and competitions in indoor or outdoor areas. It is not applicable to goals that are classed as toys.
This period of comment will be from the 29th of June until the 10th of August 2007.
For more information on this and to download the draft proposals please visit the NSAI website.