Safety checks ordered for Beijing playgrounds
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.