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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Use of Tire Crumb in Recreational Settings: Science and Policy Implications
by Massey, Rachel I., Sc.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2020, 199; 27739950
Abstract (Summary)

Recycled tire materials are used widely in recreational settings. Two important applications include the use of tire shreds in playground surfacing and the use of tire crumb as infill in artificial turf fields. The use of waste tires in these settings has generated substantial controversy. This dissertation explores several areas of decision-making related to this use of waste tire materials. First, this dissertation examines the history of the tire industry and efforts to solve the problem of ever-growing quantities of waste tire materials. Next, the dissertation considers the ways in which risk assessment and epidemiological methods have been used in efforts to determine whether playing on tire crumb is safe for human health. Finally, the dissertation examines a range of materials that are marketed as safer alternatives to tire crumb for use in artificial turf infill, and compares these materials with one another based on hazard.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kriebel, David
Commitee: Clapp, Richard, Geiser, Kenneth
School: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Department: Work Environment Policy
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-B 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health
Keywords: Alternatives assessment, Artificial turf, Tire crumb, Toxics use reduction
Publication Number: 27739950
ISBN: 9798645465759
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