Safety checks or­dered for Bei­jing play­grounds

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A third school in Bei­jing has re­ported po­ten­tial prob­lems with its syn­thetic play­ground sur­face as the cap­i­tal’s education author­ity or­dered city­wide safety checks on all syn­thetic play­grounds.

Chil­dren al­legedly de­vel­oped symp­toms such as nose bleeds, cough­ing, drowsi­ness, hair loss, and skin ir­ri­ta­tion in the past two months at north Bei­jing’s Shangdi Ex­per­i­men­tal Pri­mary School, par­ents said. They said they be­lieve the man-made play­ground sur­face may be linked to the symp­toms.

Ac­cord­ing to a prod­uct test­ing re­port re­leased by the school, the play­ground was made mainly of polyurethane, widely used in the mak­ing of out­door sports sur­faces in China.

Industry in­sid­ers said qual­ity prod­ucts don’t smell or cause health haz­ards but some pro­duc­ers might add ma­te­ri­als like toluene, lead, and plas­ti­cizer, which could cost health prob­lems af­ter pro­longed ex­po­sure.

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