Loudoun County, VA (May 29, 2015) – Official Release from the LCPS Information Office.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has become aware of recent media coverage that raised concerns about potential health effects of recycled rubber granules in synthetic turf fields.
This also has been the subject of a petition in the community.
The health of our students and everyone that uses these fields is a paramount concern to the school division. LCPS fully supports measures to protect the health of those who use its sports facilities.
The health and safety aspects of synthetic turf have been reviewed by national and state organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state agencies in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The overwhelming weight of this research indicates the products used in our synthetic turf fields are safe. In the absence of further scientific evidence, LCPS will continue to rely on these sources when installing and maintaining its synthetic turf fields.
Among the numerous studies that have been done, here are some of the conclusions that have been reached:
- The New York State Department of Health concluded: “Our view of the available information on crumb rubber and crumb rubber in-filled turf fields indicates that ingestion, dermal or inhalation exposures to chemicals in or released from crumb rubber do not pose a significant public health concern.”
- Two studies – one in California, the other at Rutgers University, evaluated the risk if a child ingested a 10-gram chunk of playground rubber. Both studies found very low cancer risk from this scenario.
- A 2007 study by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection states that, with the possible exception of allergic reactions among individuals sensitized to latex, rubber and related products, there was no obvious toxicological concern raised that crumb rubber in its intended outdoor use on playgrounds and playing fields would cause adverse health effects.
- The Norwegian Institute of Public Heath collected data to assess potential health risks resulting from dermal and inhalation exposures to chemicals contained in synthetic turf fields. Health assessments were conducted for adults and children. Researchers concluded that adverse health effects resulting from dermal exposures to crumb rubber or from inhalation exposures to organic chemicals released from the fields are unlikely.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) report.
- Cal Recycle.