We are pleased by the thorough nature of the research conducted and findings that demonstrate the strong safety profile of artificial turf fields
Montreal, Canada (Vocus) December 11, 2009
Leading artificial turf maker FieldTurf pointed to the much anticipated research from the EPA out today on synthetic turf as further evidence of the safety of synthetic turf fields and playgrounds.
“We are pleased by the thorough nature of the research conducted and findings that demonstrate the strong safety profile of artificial turf fields,” commented FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “These EPA findings add to a significant body of evidence including research from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, environmental and health agencies within the states of California and New York, along with numerous studies out of academia and World Health Organizations.”
The EPA’s ‘Scoping-Level Field Monitoring Study of Synthetic Turf Fields and Playgrounds’ was conducted to….
- Gain experience conducting multi-route field monitoring of recreational surfaces that contain tire crumb by evaluating readily available methods for measuring environmental concentrations of tire crumb constituents; and
- Generate limited field monitoring data that will be used by EPA to help the Agency determine possible next steps to address questions from the public regarding the safety of tire crumb infill in recreational fields.
The complete EPA study can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.epa.gov/nerl/features/tire_crumbs.html
With regard to the study goals, FieldTurf executives were both pleased with the results of the testing and for that matter the validation of numerous existing testing methods. The latter of which should result in more appropriate methods of testing for others that will choose to do their own evaluations in the future. The past utilization of inappropriate testing procedures has in select studies yielded inaccurate results, lending doubt to the safety profile of turf.
FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 3,500 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.
FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment ‘Environmental Intelligence’ and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.
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