District Council investigates toxic paint playground claims
and other toxic metals in paint could be poisoning children in
playgrounds across the west country, scientists have warned this
week, prompting an investigation locally by Sedgemoor District
comes after environmental scientists from Plymouth University
found lead content in paint on some playground equipment can be
up to 40 times greater than recommended.
level in old and flaking paint can be so high that swallowing
a crumb of it would be enough to take a child under six over the
District Council - which looks after playgrounds in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area - is asking playground equipment contractors
for more information about their paint manufacturing processes.
university research team, led by Dr Andrew Turner, pictured
above, also found higher than expected levels of the toxic
metals chromium, antimony and cadmium when they surveyed a total
of 47 playgrounds across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Hampshire.
are calling for playground paints to be monitored more closely
to reduce the risk to public health.
research, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment,
suggests that the levels could pose a significant risk to young
playgrounds were tested in the Sedgemoor area of Somerset and
the council is taking quick action to look into the study's claims.
Sedgemoor District Council spokesman said on Monday: "Sedgemoor
District Council staff carry out regular weekly visual checks
of playground equipment for safety purposes."
specialist sports equipment contractor carries out monthly safety
inspection checks on all equipment; any defects are dealt with
as and when they are identified."
District Council has invested £930,000 in refurbishing and
renewing playground equipment over the past three years."
have asked all our playground equipment contractors for all information
regarding paint manufacturing processes."