24.05.2017

Recycled rubber infill causes a very low level of concern

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has evaluated the risk of substances in
recycled rubber that is used on artificial sports pitches. Based on the
evidence, ECHA has concluded that the concern for players on these pitches,
including children, and for workers who install and maintain them is very low.
ECHA will update its evaluation as and when new information becomes available.

A number of hazardous substances are present in recycled rubber granules,
including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, phthalates, volatile
organic hydrocarbons (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic hydrocarbons (SVOCs).
Exposure to these substances through skin contact, ingestion and inhalation was
considered.

Based on the information available, ECHA concludes that there is, at most, a
very low level of concern from exposure to recycled rubber granules.

ECHA has also highlighted several uncertainties in its evaluation. Therefore,
ECHA suggests the following action to be taken:
1. Consider changes to the REACH Regulation to ensure that rubber granules areonly supplied with very low concentrations of PAHs andany other relevant hazardous substances.
2. Owners and operators of existing (outdoor and indoor) fields should measure the concentrations of PAHs and other substances in the rubber granules used in their fields and make this information available to interested parties in an understandable manner.
3. Producers of rubber granules and their interest organisations should develop guidance to help all manufacturers and importers of recycled) rubber infill test their material.
4. European sports and football associations and clubs should work with the relevant producers to ensure that information related to the safety of rubber granules in synthetic turfs is communicated in a manner understandable to the players and the general public.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)