WHY ASSESS THE MIGRATION OF SYNTHETIC TURF FIELD INFILL TO THE ENVIRONMENT?

European regulations are adapting in order to reduce microplastics pollution. Synthetic turf sports fields will have to implement protection systems to limit the migration of infill to the environment.

Labosport offers a risk management diagnostic service to assess the compliance of sports facilities according to European recommendations. The technical report CEN TR 17519 lists the good practices to limit the dispersion of infill materials to the environment.

In addition, the Labosport diagnostic allows you to know whether your site is able to comply with the proposal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which will limit the annual discharge of infill into the environment to 50 kg per site.

Labosport focuses on the potential sources of infill migration:

Users / players
(Shoes & clothes)

Maintenance equipment

Stormwater

Drainage

Wind / snow

TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT:

User access to the field

Perimeter fences
Access gates
Cleaning station at gates

Infill migration

Under elevated pitch – Fences – Buffer area

Surface water collection and filtration

Drainage – Filtration – System maintenance

Maintenance

Access for maintenance operations
Area for equipment maintenance

OPTIONS:

Maintenance Equipment

Limitation of infill projection outside the field

Snow removal area

Removal area – Infill collection

Infill for refilling

Storage area – Infill collection

Sampling by Labosport technician
Material identification and origin: PAH Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons according to US EPA 8270 / REACH
Heavy metals chemical testing: This will tell you if your infill is compliant with current European standards and regulations (EN 71-3 : Toy Safety – migration of certain
elements)

The Labosport diagnostic supports owners of sports infrastructure to assess the level of infill dispersion into the environment from their synthetic turf pitches.
This is the perfect tool to anticipate future developments in European regulations on microplastics.