16 August, 2018, the Netherlands RIVM proposed a restriction on the concentration limit of eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in granules and mulches used in synthetic turf pitches, or in loose forms at playgrounds and other sports facilities.

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This regulation is aiming to lower the human health risk for professional football players (including goalkeepers), children playing on the pitches and on playgrounds, as well as workers installing and maintaining the pitches and playgrounds. The proposal suggests a combined concentration limit for the eight PAHs of 17 mg/kg (0.0017 % by weight).

The general limit of the eight PAHs in the REACH regulation annex XIV (entry 28) is as follows:

Substances

CAS Number

EC Number

Concentration Limit

Benzo [a] pyreneBaP

50-32-8

200-028-5

100 mg/kg

Benzo [e] pyreneBeP

192-97-2

205-892-7

1000 mg/kg

Benzo [a] anthraceneBaA

56-55-3

200-280-6

1000 mg/kg

Chrysene CHR

218-01-9

205-923-4

1000 mg/kg

Benzo [b] fluorantheneBbFA

205-99-2

205-991-9

1000 mg/kg

Benzo [k] fluorantheneBkFA

207-08-9

205-916-6

1000 mg/kg

Benzo [j] fluorantheneBjFA

205-82-3

205-910-3

1000 mg/kg

Dibenzo [a,h] anthraceneDBAhA

53-70-3

200-181-8

100 mg/kg

C&K reminds enterprises to pay close attention to the revising of the concentration limit of PAHs to prevent the subsequent risk.



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