European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a report that "found no reason to advise people against playing sports on synthetic turf containing recycled rubber granules as infill material."

SBR rubber granulate has been the subject of vociferous speculation regarding its potential toxicity to soccer players using artificial pitches containing this infill  

SBR rubber granulate has been the subject of vociferous speculation regarding its potential toxicity to soccer players using artificial pitches containing this infill  

In June 2016, the European Commission asked the ECHA to evaluate any risk to the general population, including children, professional players and workers installing or maintaining the fields from synthetic turf fields with recycled rubber infill. The ECHA's advice is based on their evaluation that there is "a very low level of concern from exposure to substances found in the granules."

The ECHA found that the concern for players and workers for lifetime cancer is very low, for metals is negligible and for phthalates, benzothiazole and methyl isobutyl ketone there are no concerns. The ECHA also noted that their conclusions are consistent with those found in the recent Dutch RIVM and Washington State studies. 

A copy of the report can be found here: https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13563/annex-xv_report_rubber_granules_en.pdf/dbcb4ee6-1c65-af35-7a18-f6ac1ac29fe4

Washington State Dept of Health conclude "artificial pitches containing rubber crumb does not cause cancer in soccer players"

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Yesterday the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) published one of the most detailed reports available on this issue concluding that there is no elevated risk of cancer among soccer players who play on artificial turf fields. As many of you know, the WA DOH two-year study was prompted by University of Washington Coach Amy Griffin's list of soccer players in the state with cancer. 

The report found: "We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players, or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages. Based on what we know today, the Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who enjoy soccer continue to play regardless of the type of field surface."

Link to report:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/EnvironmentalHealth/SyntheticTurf

FIFA Goal Projects: Chad

Sports Labs were fortunate enough to be awarded the FIFA Goal project in Chad, Africa. Our role is to inspect/test the 3G pitch to assess whether or not it meet the FIFA applied criteria for a certified facility.

The FIFA Goal projects Support FIFA member association’s growth by providing them, when needed, with the resources to jumpstart their development by implementing key football projects. Since 1999 and the creation of the Goal programme, FIFA has funded and concluded more than 1 000 football projects over the world.

These projects can be very challenging however Edel Grass the FIFA Preferred Producer who was awarded the contract delivered a first class facility. 

FIFA to issue new manual next week

FIFA will issue the new Handbook of Requirements and the Handbook of test methods for the FIFA quality concept for football turf. 

This much talked about update has involved some radical changes to the preparation and evaluation of football turf for FIFA certification.

The new manuals will be available for download next week we will post a link. 

The new manuals will be available for download next week we will post a link. 

The new FIFA quality pro and FIFA quality perhaps making a clearer distinction between community and pro fields this is a welcomed change.  A new Lisport XL is making it debut and new tests for infill splash, heat on surfaces and yarns for UV and thickness to name just some of the changes in this a fairly significant overhaul of the 2012 version.

Sports Labs will be providing a detailed communique on the changes early next week or better still come see us on our stand at FSB next week.

Rathdown School flying high as a first class water based hockey pitch

Rathdown school and Monkstown hockey club has endorsed their new pitch as fantastic after their first weekend of hockey on the new water based pitch. Officially opening with the big game on the 8th November where Ireland will host Belgium in a friendly a great test for the new surface. Well done to Tony Patterson Contracts for providing a top facility.

Birds eye view of the pitch

Birds eye view of the pitch

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A pano of the pitch

3D Printing at Sports Labs

3D printing the Lisport XL studded roller Inhouse. One of the benefits of owning a 3D printer - you can print your own spare part!

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Printing the profiled roller  

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