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Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) is defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as a product that is designed specifically for use under and around playground equipment. SoftStep® has been manufactured in Minnesota for over 25 years. Sylva utilizes first use wood fiber and precisely manufactures SoftStep® to provide a superior, safe product that is ADA accessible with minimal installation costs compared to other wood fiber products.

SoftStep® is independently certified by the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) .

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SoftStep® passes ASTM F 2075 Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for use as a playground safety surface under and around playground equipment. ASTM F 2075  tests particulate size, consistency, purity, and ability to drain. It also tests for tramp metals and for heavy metal concentrations.


SoftStep® passes ASTM F1951-09b Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of surface systems under and around playground equipment. By merely hand tamping SoftStep® during installation, it is handicapped accessible.

SoftStep® passes ASTM F 1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of surface systems under and around playground equipment.

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