Study Claims Arsenic in Playgrounds Harmless to Children

by Tanya Thomas on  May 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
University of Alberta researchers have found pressure treated wooden playground structures pose no risk to children playing there.

For parents who love to take their kids to the playground every summer, this is a great bit of news.
 Study Claims Arsenic in Playgrounds Harmless to Children
Study Claims Arsenic in Playgrounds Harmless to Children

Chris Le, a scientist in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, can put to rest any safety concerns regarding playgrounds made of chromated copper arsenate-treated wood.

The study compared arsenic levels in urine and saliva samples of children playing in eight pressure treated wooden playgrounds and those in eight playgrounds made of other materials.

It found no significant difference in the concentration of arsenic species in children playing on playgrounds with or without the chemically treated wood - and hence concluded that CCA treated wood in playgrounds is not likely to significantly contribute to the overall arsenic exposure in children.

Around 70 per cent of playgrounds in North America are made with pressure-treated wood. Le and his group want to encourage children to stay physically active, just make sure to wash their hands after play.

Source: ANI

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Parents, DON"T be fooled by this! If you'd like accurate information about the dangers of CCA wood playgrounds, do your research. CCA wood IS a known carcinogen. CCA wood was banned in 2003 and it is highly recommended that children DO NOT play on these structures. Is any risk worth it? Arsenic and chromium are linked to many forms of cancer, autism, respiratory infection and the list goes on. The hundreds of articles I have read completely contradict this lame attempt at helping corporate Amercia and our lumber industry. Will you believe a medical doctor or a dentist when it comes to your child? I strongly urge you to research CCA wood playgrounds and their dangers.
kidsfirst Friday, January 7, 2011

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