Scientific advisory panel to meet re synthetic turf

The first Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, February 8, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Coastal Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA. It will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will last until all business is conducted or until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to attend in person, if you are able to do so. Alternately, The Panel meeting will be webcast and is open to the public.

The Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel is a group of expert scientists that have been invited by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to provide scientific advice on OEHHA’s Synthetic Turf Study. The Panel will meet during the study to advise OEHHA on study plans, and interpretation and reporting of study results.

The study will assess the potential health impacts associated with the use of synthetic turf and playground mats made of crumb rubber. OEHHA will focus on identifying chemicals that may be released from synthetic turf from indoor and outdoor fields throughout California, and estimating exposures to users of synthetic turf fields. OEHHA will also explore the feasibility of a future biomonitoring or personal monitoring study of people using synthetic turf fields to more directly measure exposure to chemicals that may be released from synthetic turf and playground mats.

Details of this Panel meeting, including agenda and briefing materials will be posted at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Claude at (916) 323-4763 or