What are the care instructions for sports equipment?

The entity responsible for the equipment must ensure regular and periodic maintenance so that safety conditions are permanently observed.

If the equipment presents damage or deterioration that will jeopardize the safety of users, the entity responsible must endeavour to immediately repair and, if this is not possible, remove the equipment.

Is it mandatory to have the maintenance book?

The maintenance book is a mandatory document. It must contain the complete and detailed list of equipment and its suppliers.  Repairs, major maintenance actions performed, registered complaints and accidents should all be recorded in the maintenance book.

How often should these inspections be required?

Neither the DL 100/2003, nor the Ordinance 369/2004, specify the frequency of inspections. Although a common reading of article 4 of this Ordinance seems to indicate that inspections should be annual, the article is not conclusive.

In the absence of any recommendation by the competent bodies, the entities responsible should always verify usage and the general state of the equipment and promote maintenance whenever necessary.  When in doubt of any technical and safety issue, the entity responsible should contact an inspection body to carry out new tests.

Who is responsible for sports equipment?

The legislation designates as the entity responsible “any person who holds a board member or management position, the private company or organization, as well as the heads of departments or agencies of central, regional or local government, who directly or indirectly, ensure the regular functioning of the area where this equipment is installed.”

What sports equipment is regulated by legislation?

Decree-Law No. 100/2003 of 23 May regulates the technical and safety conditions to be observed in the design, installation and maintenance of football, handball, hockey and water polo goals, and existing basketball equipment in sports facilities for public use.

The applicable normative documents are:

  • NP EN 748 – Equipment for field games – Football goals – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 749 – Equipment for field games – Handball goals – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 750 – Equipment for field games – Hockey goals – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 1270 – Equipment for field games – Basketball equipment – Functional and safety requirements and test methods.
  • NP EN 13451-7 – Equipment for swimming pools. Part 7 – Safety requirements and specific additional test methods for water polo goals.

These standards establish the technical requirements to be met by sports equipment, and the tests to be performed to such equipment, with particular verification of its resistance to overturning, to slippage and rupture.