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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Alternatives assessment, Artificial turf, Tire crumb, Toxics use reduction|
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