‘Kleurenpoeders at the color run, constitute a danger for health”

‘Kleurenpoeders at the color run, constitute a danger for health”

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According to the national Institute for public Health (RIVM) forms the colorpowders that during a color run to hardlopende participants to be thrown into a risk for the health.

The RIVM recommends in a report the use of the kleurenpoeders at events from a ‘health perspective’. For example, the powder can lead to possible respiratory complaints, eye and skin irritation.

In march 2016, received the BOOK of the Fire brigade Amsterdam-Amstelland, the request to do research kleurenpoeders at events. The reason for this research is the report “fire tests kleurpoeder” from 2015 that showed that some kleurenpoeders can cause fires(explosions) and dust explosions.

According to the RIVM forms of lung diseases at the greatest risk, because the powders from a high concentration of very small particles exist, that people during the run breathe.


In the report, writes the institute that such fijnstofconcentraties can lead to difficulty breathing, especially in people with respiratory conditions. Examples include reduced lung function, aggravation of asthma and increased respiratory complaints as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

Also can participants in the running event to suffer from eye and skin complaints. This refers to the RIVM to India, where the kleurenpoederevenementen their origin. In India, very severe eye and skin problems reported. This is probably caused by the dyes that are either contaminated or contain heavy metals.

To prevent the contaminated powders in the Netherlands are used, advises the GOVERNMENT to only demonstrably approved levensmiddelenkleurstoffen to use. Also it is advised to use a mask and eye goggles to wear and after the event to shower. It is further recommended to the powder directly in the face of the participants to throw.

Color Run

In 2015, participants were given of The Crazy Color Run in Leeuwarden all to do with an unpleasant surprise, when they color not more from their hair and could wash. The company that provided the paint for the Color Run had provided said that the wrong powder for the event was used.

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