Children’s illnesses may be linked to running tracks
Many primary school students in Jiangsu province suffered nosebleeds, dizziness and rashes after attending schools that recently installed plastic running tracks on their playgrounds.
Parents of primary school students in several cities reported similar symptoms that started to show up in their children after school began in September.
The provincial educational department said that schools with pungent plastic tracks must hire professionals to perform tests.
Ye Ping, deputy director of Taizhou Product Quality Supervision and Inspection Institute, said harmful elements in plastic running tracks may result in diseases.
“The plastic tracks in China mainly consist of polyurethane, a kind of nontoxic material,” said Ye. “However, suppliers may add toxic adhesives. They give a pungent smell and may cause itching and dizziness.”