RIVM made an inventory of all artificial turf fields after concerns about health risks

RIVM made an inventory of all artificial turf fields after concerns about health risks

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Volksgezondheidsinstituut RIVM is an inventory of all Dutch sports fields with artificial turf. That is necessary to take samples.

In the meantime, there is also literature search made of the possible hazards of artificial turf. The RIVM has on Monday spoken to football association KNVB and the Dutch Association of Sport and Municipalities (VSG) on the artificial turf.

Reason for the sudden concern about the artificial turf fields is a broadcast of the programme Zembla on Wednesday. Therein, the scientists say that the GOVERNMENT never properly investigated or carcinogenic substances in the so-called rubber granulates in the body of athletes. The RIVM in contact with these scientists.

Minister Edith Schippers (Sport) has the GOVERNMENT been given the task to re-examine or rubber granulate in artificial turf fields can harm our health. The RIVM is expected according to the wish of the minister this year, with conclusions to be able to come.

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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. There is already a European research project on the beads that are created from old tyres, but that’s what Skippers do not wait.

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.

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