U.S. CPSC Validates Safety of Lead Chromate in Synthetic Turf and STC Announces Voluntary Reduction
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
ATLANTA, GA – The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that synthetic turf fields are okay to
install and play on for children and people of all ages. The CPSC evaluation of old and newer
synthetic turf fields concludes that "young children are not at risk from
exposure to lead in these fields.” Their
full statement is accessible at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08348.html.
Immediately following the
CPSC’s call for the development of voluntary standards to eventually eliminate
lead from synthetic turf, the Synthetic Turf Council announced its proactive
plans to achieve that goal.
"The Synthetic Turf Council
fully supports the efforts by the CPSC, EPA, and CDC to eliminate lead in all
products where feasible,” says Rick Doyle, President of the Association.
"With this commitment, we are
voluntarily agreeing to reduce lead levels in accordance with the proposed
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and to the same strict
standards Congress is likely to impose on the children’s toy industry.”
STC’s Voluntary Commitment
Throughout the years, the
synthetic turf industry has developed and tested new pigment formulations to
enable the removal of all or most of the lead from over 90% of the pigments
used to color synthetic turf. Now the
STC plans to reduce lead levels in the remaining 10% of all colored fibers that
still require lead chromate to meet the consumer’s demand for long-term colorfastness.
The STC voluntarily agrees to
comply with the revised lead restrictions currently proposed for children’s
products in H.R. 4040. Specifically, the level of lead will be reduced in all
pigments used to color synthetic turf to 300 ppm or less by no later than
January 1, 2010, and to 100 ppm or less by no later than January 1, 2012.
About the Synthetic Turf
Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was
founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with
the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field,
golf and landscape applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and
independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic
turf. STC members produce and install
most of the synthetic turf sports fields in North America. Membership includes builders, landscape
architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, installation contractors,
infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.