Statement on Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Report on Synthetic Turf
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Statement by Dan Bond, President and CEO, Synthetic Turf Council (STC):
New research released today by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has concluded that “synthetic turf is safe.” The RIVM research indicates that it is considered “safe for people to play sports on such fields.” The STC would like to point out that this study confirms the results of more than 90 studies from around the world – including many peer-reviewed academic analyses and government reports – that have assessed the safety of artificial turf fields with recycled rubber infill and have found no evidence of health effects associated with playing on these surfaces. When we talk about recycled rubber infill in synthetic turf, we are talking about the same recycled rubber that is used in a variety of products, including sneakers, garden hoses and hospital floors. The RIVM and STC hope that the results of the research will help to answer questions from ministries, municipalities, sports clubs and parents.
Dan Bond, CAE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Synthetic Turf Council