Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit for Western States at UCSF Dept of Medicine recommends LGUSD moratorium on using artificial turf where children play

If UCSF says we shouldn’t expose children to the heat and chemical repercussions of plastic grass… feels like we should listen.

Pediatric health is so important. As parents, we put our children’s well-being before our own.

Full letter below.

  • Doctors at UCSF do not support the installation of artificial turf at LGUSD schools even if an alternative to crumb rubber is chosen for infill.
  • Increased injury rates, staph infections, and heat index (up to 160 degrees). 
  • Concern regarding children’s exposure, dermal and ingestion, to artificial turf surfaces, with PFAS being of particular concern.