The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) commissioned the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to study the health effects of the new generation of artificial turf playing fields. Four tasks were identified in the contract: literature review of existing information and additional research to assess particulate matter and volatile organic compound exposures, inhalation exposures, and skin abrasion and infection rates. Interim reports for each of these tasks will be made available below as they are completed.
One of the tasks completed by OEHHA was to conduct a literature review and to identify data gaps related to information on artificial turf playing fields. This review focused on two areas of concern: chemicals and particulates in the air above the fields, as well as the risk factors for infection by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Completed in July 2009, this literature review contains information from past studies on the subject and also includes the two studies performed in New York in 2009. A summary of the information contained within the report has been prepared by CalRecycle staff.
Other Study Tasks
Other tasks to be completed as part of the artificial turf study include:
- Particulate Matter/Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Exposure Assessment.
- Inhalation Exposure Assessment.
- Skin Abrasion and Infection Rates.
- Final Report.
The final report titled, Report on Health Impacts of Outdoor Artificial and Natural Turf Fields was submitted to the California Legislature in March 2011.
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