OEHHA Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting Notice

The second Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel Meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 10, 2017.  The meeting will be held in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Headquarters building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA.  It will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until all business is conducted or until 5 p.m.

The meeting agenda and materials are available for download. The meeting recordings are available below. Public comments received via email are available for download via this link.

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks (video)

Lauren Zeise, Ph.D., Director, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)

John Balmes, M.D., SAP Chair; Professor, School of Medicine, University of California (UC) San Francisco; and School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

2. Updates on Synthetic Turf Studies (video)

David Ting, Ph.D., Branch Chief, Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch, OEHHA

Patty Wong, Ph.D., Section Chief, Special Investigations Section, PETB, OEHHA

3. Scientific Discussions of Study Components

On each topic, scientists of OEHHA and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will provide a brief overview, followed by panel discussion  

3.1. Chemical Identification for Field Study (video)

3.1.1. Identification of Synthetic Turf Chemical for Targeted Chemical Analysis
3.1.2. Supplementary Information for Chemical Identification

3.2. Exposure Pathways Studies

3.2.1, Time-Activity Behavior Study (video)
3.2.2. Emission Modeling of Synthetic Turf Chemicals (video)

3.3. Bioaccessibility Study (video)

3.3.1. Biofluid Compositions
3.3.2. Bioaccessibility Study Setup

3.4 Field Study

3.4.1. Field Selection Process (video)
3.4.2. Field Sampling Methods (video)

4. Public Comments (video)

For members of the public attending in-person: Comments will be limited to 3 minutes per commenter.  For members of the public attending via the internet: Comments may be sent via email to SyntheticTurf@oehha.ca.gov.  Email comments will be summarized by staff of OEHHA during the public comment period, as time allows.

5. Further Panel Discussion (video)
6. Closing Remarks and Adjournment (video)


The Synthetic Turf Scientific Advisory Panel is a group of expert scientists that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has convened to provide scientific advice on its Synthetic Turf Study.  The Panel advises OEHHA on study plans, data interpretation, and reporting of study results.  The goal of the study is to assess the potential health impact associated with the use of synthetic turf and playground mats made of crumb rubber.  

The meeting is open to the public and will be webcast at https://video.calepa.ca.gov.  There will be a public comment period during the meeting.

If you need special accommodations, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Claude at (916) 323-4763 or Jocelyn.Claude@oehha.ca.gov.