In a recent study of a tire-rubber granulate safety released September 18 in France, the agency ANSES found that the rubber product did not pose significant threat to human health, however more rigid limits with regards to the composition and application of the material have been suggested by the researchers.

The finding has been revealed by the local organization SNCP (National Union of Rubber and Polymers); the study’s conclusion totally reflects the position of the union and Aliapur – a France-based organization specializing in end-of-life tire collecting.

In its recent announcement, SNCP stated that finally a non-ambiguous verdict on product safety has been presented, and this fact pleases the tire sector. The recent research has shed light on the usage of the tire product in playgrounds for children with SNCP noting that special surfacing layers were used to prevent direct contact with the rubber granulate.

It further noted that football and rugby enthusiasts will be able to keep on practicing favorite sports using fields made with rubber granulate. In addition, ANSES endorsed a suggestion to introduce a standardized PAHs restriction for filling that would be set at 17 mg/kg.

Moreover, the proposal to enhance the traceability of products that constitute rubber granulates was backed by SNCP. Regarding the product’s application for sports halls built indoors, the organization noted that the current attempts to standardize procedures improving air quality within the premises would be supported.

Nevertheless, ANSES has reportedly touched upon the probability of PAHs leakage from ELT rubber granulate into the environment. In its turn, SNCP further stressed that, at this point, when the pitches are installed and maintained, numerous preventative measures are taken.

Article by Chemical Watch