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Artificial Turf Lead Survey
Published By CPSC, End of Summer

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) spokesman Scott Wolfson stated yesterday that a national survey of 50 artificial turf fields undertaken because of concern about lead levels in the fields’ fibers in Newark and Hoboken (CT) will not be complete until late this summer (2008).

“It’s good to have a target date for the information,” said Annie Costa, ASGi Executive Director. “Businesses and customers in the landscape and leisure sports market make decisions and move at a fast pace compared to the steps involved in the purchase of a sports field for a community or school, which may take a year or more. We would all like to know results, sooner than later.

“While we patiently await the CPSC’s survey findings, we are continuing to see increased interest in artificial grass systems and sales growth in the landscape market. To spite recent concerns voiced about several east coast sports fields we are drawing customers that want to save water, eliminate toxins and chemicals from their yards and enhance the form and function of their living space, outdoors.

“We are anticipating clarity from the CPSC’s study. They’re being thorough and, to me, that’s encouraging. If the CPSC felt this was a matter of “grave urgency”, they would certainly have a put the publish date on a faster track. They are taking their time and that’s good news for the artificial grass market.

“ASGi’s membership is looking forward to CPSC’s findings. Their independent efforts will provide the type of evidence that should put any lingering concerns to rest and provide guidance, if needed, for publishing any revisions to existing standards so everyone can use artificial turf and synthetic grass solutions, any where in the US, with complete confidence.”

National Population’s Blood Lead Levels Have Dropped, Significantly

In the past 20 years, the amount of plastics that have captured our pocket change to major investments have all improved our lifestyles. If you drive a car, unless you’re sitting on leather, you are enjoying synthetic fibers. The fabrics covering airplane seating, much of our “wash & wear” clothing, audio equipment, televisions, computers, phones, linens, carpets, microfiber fabrics for furniture to more utilitarian items such as drinking cups, toothbrushes, even cosmetic products all contain plastics in one form or another.

Yet, with ALL this plastic around us, human blood lead levels have dropped significantly over the years * … why?

Plastics are safer today then ever!

“Pigments and plastics manufacturing is not a new industry. If there were concerns about handling encapsulated lead chromate pigments (used in coloring the artificial grass fibers) during any of the various steps in manufacturing finished artificial turf, OSHA and the EPA would have evidence of the hazards at the source; somewhere in the manufacturing process.” states Costa. “We would know long before the turf was installed in the field that there were problems. There just doesn’t seem to be any evidence.”

Reducing lead in your world starts with reducing pesticides, dust, dirt and smoke in your life. Start with shopping for fruits and veggies in the market that use little or no synthetic pesticides, eliminate more lead by choosing safe pest control methods and “green” cleaning products for use around your home, eliminating the use of gas-powered lawnmowers, 2-cycle and gas power tools to making an effort of avoiding anyone who is smoking pipe, cigar or cigarette tobacco. All these steps can make an immense impact on your personal exposure to lead.

For more hints on how you can reduce lead in your world – go here:
Reducing Lead in Your Yard
Reducing Lead in Your Home – A Parents Guide

Tips on How to Eliminate and Remove Lead in Your Home
Tips on reducing indoor pollution
Tips on reducing or eliminating lead in your drinking water


* Science Daily: (Sep. 19, 2006)

Since the mid-1970s, when lead was no longer added to gasoline or household paint and lead was banned for use in soldering food cans, average blood lead levels in American adults have decreased from 13.1 µg/dL to 1.6 µg/dL.

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