DPH: Artificial Turf
Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment

Artificial Turf

                        {Artificial Turf}

Artificial turf fields have become a popular alternative to natural grass fields in many Connecticut towns.  The advantages of these fields include: less maintenance costs, ability to withstand intense use and no need for pesticides.  However, concerns have been raised about potential chemical exposures coming from the crumb rubber infill and the plastic grass blades commonly used in these fields.  The crumb rubber usually comes from recycled tires that contain man made compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

In order to answer some of the health questions about artificial turf fields the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) joined with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP), the UCONN Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to conduct a study on the exposures and risks posed by such fields during the summer of 2009. The study report was reviewed by the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering before it’s release in July of 2010. The overall conclusion of the report is that use of outdoor artificial turf fields does not represent a significant health risk. The results of this study are summarized in a fact sheet prepared by CT DPH:

The entire report can be found on the CT DEEP website.
 
Peer Reviewed Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Articles: 
 
The Connecticut study builds upon previous research by New York City (NYC), New York State Department of Health (NYS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

CT DPH previously prepared general fact sheets on chemical exposures from artificial turf fields, looking at earlier studies conducted in Europe and California:

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