New research into health risks rubber granulate artificial turf

New research into health risks rubber granulate artificial turf

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Minister Edith Schippers (Sport), the national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM) commissioned to re-examine or rubber granulate in artificial turf fields can harm our health. The survey should be before the end of this year.

Schippers points out Friday that the RIVM is currently no evidence for the harmfulness of the grains, even after the broadcast of ZEMBLA on Wednesday. Scientists said that rubber crumb fields are never properly investigated, while in the United States and Great Britain soccer players getting cancer link to play on these fields.

Rubber crumb is made from old car tyres. This material contains carcinogens. In 2006, it is investigated whether these substances can also get into the body of football players can come, but that was a very summary examination, concludes ZEMBLA.

In 2015, there seemed to be a new European standard for carcinogenic substances in the rubber, but thanks to a successful lobby of the trade association of tire manufacturers is rubber until at least 2017 under that standard. If the standard already or would apply, it would be the content of harmful substances in the aggregates are much too high.


There is already a larger European research to the rubber granulate, but then wants to Skippers do not wait. She can feel the concern of many parents of sporty children proposals and wants the GOVERNMENT to quickly “up a notch”.

The number of football fields of artificial turf is between 2007 and 2016, increased from approximately three hundred to two thousand. 90 percent of these fields with a rubber crumb used.

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