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The Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds - Background and Exposure Research Goals.
Guiseppi-Elie, A., A. Ragin, E. Hooker, K. Thomas, E. Irvin-Barnwell, AND J. Zambrana. The Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds - Background and Exposure Research Goals. Presented at 2017 ISES Annual Meeting, NC, RTP, October 15 - 19, 2017.
The presentation will describe the purpose, methods, and results for tire crumb rubber characterization under the Federal Research Action Plan, and will frame the characterization in a human exposure context.
Concerns have been raised by the public about the safety of recycled tire crumb rubber used in synthetic turf fields and playgrounds in the United States (U.S.). Several studies have been identified that examine potential exposure to tire crumb rubber infill in these settings. The existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the potential exposures associated with these use scenarios. Additional research is needed to help fill important data gaps leading to improved exposure assessment for children and adults using synthetic turf fields and playgrounds with tire crumb rubber. In response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched a multi-agency federal research action plan to study key environmental human health questions associated with tire crumb rubber on synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. The “Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds” (referred to as the FRAP) was finalized in February 2016. The U.S. EPA and CDC/ATSDR prepared a research protocol to implement portions of the research activities outlined under the FRAP, including 1) conduct a literature review and data gaps analysis; 2) perform tire crumb rubber characterization, and 3) perform human exposure characterization for synthetic turf field users. CPSC is conducting research for assessing the potential risks to children associated with the use of recycled tire crumb rubber in playground surfaces. This presentation will provide the context for this exposure issue, an overview of the federal research efforts, and results of the literature review and data gaps analysis. The overall aim of these efforts to be presented will be to improve our understanding of child and adult exposures at fields and playgrounds with recycled tire crumb rubber.
The Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds - Background and Exposure Research Goals (PDF,NA pp, 1142 KB, about PDF)
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY
NERL-OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR