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Perspective from the United States (US) Federal Research Action Plan (FRAP) on Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Used on Synthetic Turf Playing Fields and Playgrounds and Panel Discussion
Guiseppi-Elie, A. Perspective from the United States (US) Federal Research Action Plan (FRAP) on Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Used on Synthetic Turf Playing Fields and Playgrounds and Panel Discussion. To be Presented at ISES-ISEE 2018 Joint Annual Meeting, OttawaC, August 26 - 30, 2018.
Concerns have been raised by the public, both nationally and internationally, about the safety of recycled tire crumb rubber used in synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. Previous studies have not, in general, provided evidence of adverse health outcomes resulting from exposures to tire crumb rubber infill at synthetic turf fields. Most of the existing published studies were limited in scope and sample size and did not comprehensively evaluate all aspects of exposure associated with the many use scenarios. However, several recent research studies have been initiated to address these limitations.
In 2016, US federal Agencies, specifically, 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 the Federal Research Action Plan (FRAP) on Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Used on Synthetic Turf Playing Fields and Playgrounds. CDC/ATSDR and EPA implemented a comprehensive tire crumb rubber characterization study and a pilot-scale exposure characterization study that included an exposure measurements sub-study. CPSC plans to use field observations, focus groups, and a national survey of parents and childcare providers to collect information on children’s behaviors on playgrounds to identify exposure factors. The presentation will provide insights into aspects of the study, including the tire crumb characterization and pilot exposure assessment that are relevant for advancing our knowledge to address potential exposures to tire-derived materials on synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. Also, the presentation will provide a US perspective on the value of this coordinated effort, especially as it relates to other recent research activities globally. The panel session will include participation from a variety of international governmental researchers. We will use a presentation/panel format where the different speakers will provide opening statements (limited to 15 minutes) on their study perspectives followed by this roundtable discussion where participants will discuss insights gained from each study (guided by defined topic areas). The robust discussion should provide valuable information in a global context to attendees on the broad topics of potential exposures and impacts of tire-derived materials used on synthetic turf fields and playgrounds.
URLs/Downloads:Perspective from the United States (US) Federal Research Action Plan (FRAP) (PDF,NA pp, 682 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