Synthetic turf fields with crumb rubber as an infill are safe for the public and for sport according to the new research by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).  According to the study’s result published on the 20th of December, substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), plasticisers, metals, (phthalates) and bisphenol A (BPA) released from rubber pose no harm as they are in “very low quantities”.

 “This is because the substances are more or less ‘enclosed’ in the granulate, which means that the effect of these substances on human health is virtually negligible,” the study added.

Reportedly, the study covers all fields with SBR rubber granulates in The Netherlands, as there is little variation in the concentrations of substances between fields and between the measurement points per field. The study found there is no link between playing sports on synthetic turfs and leukaemia or lymph node cancer.

Article source: European Rubber Journal