Since 1990, synthetic turf is the surface of choice for sports fields under intensive play, harsh climatic conditions or both. While different types of synthetic turf exist, 95% of fields use rubber recycled rubber granules as infill material for shock absorption purposes.
Recently, there has been a growing concern on the potential health impact for those regularly in contact with those materials, especially young athletes. While these concerns deserved to be addressed , all studies on the subject have concluded that, by a very large majority, infill products sold on the market do not present any health risks. This has been confirmed again by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) in its report dated 28 February 2017 (available here). In this report, ECHA advises all interested parties (sport associations, clubs, field owners, manufacturers and importers) to test the rubber granules and communicate the information in an understandable way to the players and the general public.
In order to support this approach and make testing of granules and infill easier and accessible to all, we are launching a new online service : WWW.TESTYOURINFILL.COM
Our testing package focuses on the latest requirements for Heavy Metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are key substances of interest. This will allow to identify the nature of the material, its origin and, will raise a flag in case its chemical composition is considered to be unusual by our experts.
More information at www.testyourinfill.com