AMSTERDAM—Synthetic turf fields with an infill of rubber granulate are safe for the public and for sport purposes, according to a new research by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
The Dec. 20 study said substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals, plasticisers and bisphenol A, which are released from rubber are harmless as they are in very low quantities.
"This is because the substances are more or less enclosed in the granulate, which means that the effect of these substances on human health is virtually negligible," the study added.
RIVM said the study covers all fields with SBR rubber granulates in The Netherlands, as there is little variation in the concentrations of substances between fields and between the measurement points per field.
The study found no link between playing sports on synthetic turfs and leukaemia and lymph node cancer.