The term environmental health is used to frame issues where pollution and toxins in the environment cause or contribute to health problems, both chronic and acute. Environmental health concerns often have a very disproportionate impact on minorities and low-income people because of the ways facilities and roads are sited.
Some key areas of concern:
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NOTE: This page will include recommendations from the research done in the winter & spring of 2015. Check back at the end of May or contact us by email. Also see: Overview What Is Synthetic Turf? What Do Athletes Think? … more
Synthetic turf does not cause infections, but turf burns and other minor abrasions open the door for infectious bacteria. At the same time, Sports Turf NorthWest advises that synthetic turf can become contaminated with bacteria and may need to be … more
NOTE: This page will be updated with findings from the research done in the winter & spring of 2015. Check back at the end of May or contact us by email. Another surprise for us was that we learned that … more
Synthetic turf marketers sometimes claim that their fields require little or no maintenance, but proper maintenance is essential for playability and for the full usable life of the field. Minimal maintenance includes regular brushing, returning loose infill to the playing … more
The “grass” is made from plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. They are attached to a blanket or membrane, and supported by the infill material (usually coarser at the bottom with finer particles in the top layer) that holds … more
Proper maintenance is essential for playability and also prolongs the usable life of the field. Regular brushing is essential for a good playing surface. Without proper maintenance, the ball can roll unevenly, gain or lose speed, or bounce unpredictably. Infill … more
In the last few years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf creates serious health concerns. In 2013, the EPA even took the unusual step of withdrawing their safety assurances and called for new studies; Environment & Human … more
Synthetic or artificial turf and infill includes many substances that are known to cause irritation, birth defects, reproductive disorders, infertility, and developmental disorders. The risks increase because there are three major pathways for toxins to affect athletes and spectators bodies … more