About the Safe Playgrounds Project:
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) successfully filed suit against 31 manufacturers of outdoor playground equipment to stop their use of arsenic-treated wood. For this type of pressure-treated wood, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) is used as a preservative, exposing children to unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemicals arsenic and chromium.
Thanks in large part to the sustained efforts of CEH and the Healthy Building Network, the industry agreed to stop the manufacture of arsenic-treated wood for residential uses by the end of the year.
As a follow-up to this success, CEH has launched an outreach and information campaign called the Safe Playgrounds Project in order to educate the public about how to minimize health threats to children from playgrounds where older equipment made with arsenic-treated wood is already present.
The Safe Playgrounds Project was created to provide information to California parks and recreation sites, school districts, teachers and parents groups, childcare centers and other agencies so that they are properly informed of the health risks arsenic-treated wood poses, and so that they may take the proper actions to minimize these risks.
About the Center for Environmental Health:
The Center for Environmental Health protects the public from environmental and consumer health hazards. We are committed to environmental justice, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, supporting communities in their quest for a safer environment, and corporate accountability. We change corporate behavior through education, litigation, and advocacy.
For more information, please visit http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Sports-Fitness-and-Recreation/Playground-Safety/
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