More details have emerged from the US study that confirmed there was a low level of concern over health risks from playground surfaces and athletic fields made from recycled tyres.
Peter Grevatt, director of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, said: “The limited data EPA collected during this study, which do not point to a concern, represent an important addition to the information gathered by various government agencies.
“The study will help set the stage for a meeting this spring, where EPA will bring together officials from states and federal agencies to evaluate the existing body of science on this topic and determine what additional steps should be taken to ensure the safety of kids who play on these surfaces.”
The study looked at the health risks from inhalation, ingestion, and dermal contact with synthetic turf and crumb rubber from playing field and playground surfaces constructed with recycled tyre material or tyre crumb.
The limited study, conducted from August through to October 2008, found that the concentrations of materials that made up tyre crumb were “below levels of concern”.
However, given the limited nature of the study (limited number of constituents monitored, sample sites, and samples taken at each site) and the wide diversity of tyre crumb material, the EPA comments it is not possible, without additional data, to extend the results beyond the four study sites to reach more comprehensive conclusions.
Denna Bowman, Head Office