This article covers the dispute over the potential health risks of turf fields. The rubber used in turf fields and playgrounds contain chemicals such as acetone, arsenic, lead and mercury. Though the recycled turf was known to contain chemicals, it was unknown whether or not they were harmful to the people who came in contact with the turf. As a result of pressure from concerned parents, coaches, athletes and children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted tests on the turf to determine its safety. The CPSC found that newer fields had little to no traces of lead in them, while older fields did contain higher but not harmful levels of lead. The tests concluded that the turf fields were safe but the CPSC advised that people wash their hands after coming in contact with the turf.
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