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Safety, Certification, Lead Tests

PreGra, a leading manufacturer and supplier of synthetic turf products, was one of the first US artificial grass manufacturers that embraced and adopted the HMF* Certification Program. The HMF Certification Program is designed to ensure all of the ingredients used in artificial turf grass manufacturing process are *Heavy Metal Free.

PreGra along with its affiliates and supplier relationships has the unique advantage of controlling the quality of all raw materials used in the manufacturing process of artificial turf and selecting only the best suppliers who certify that all ingredients used in each step of its manufacturing process are Heavy Metal Free.

PreGra certifies that all of our products are produced in accordance with CONEG standards and DIN-18035-7 to be ‘Heavy Metal Free.

PreGra will maintain stringent quality control and auditing procedures to ensure that this certification program remains in compliance with all standards so that it can continue to manufacture safe playing surfaces for communities.

As a leader in the synthetic turf industry, PreGra is committed to manufacture products that are environmentally friendly and safe. PreGra maintains its unwavering position on environmental accountability, safety, and performance and understands that our first responsibility is the well-being of our customers and the public.

Certification Information

The summary reports and industry information is published as an overview for purposes of summary review. If you have further questions, please contact us.

DIN Standards for Artificial Grass

Sports standards of safety are not only the “oldest” of all standards, published for artificial grass surfaces, they may also be the most “restrictive” due to safety, liability and issues of specifics of performance, expected of each surface.

For More Information on the DIN Standard – DIN-18035-7 – Please click HERE to open a presentation provided, to the public, by ISS Sports, a sports standards group, in Europe.

DIN-18035-7-STANDARDS

CPSIA and Artificial Grass

CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act): HR4040 & HR4041

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was written to improve the current statute of the Consumer Product Safety Act. It was enacted “to establish consumer product safety standards and other safety requirements for children’s products and to reauthorize and modernize the Consumer Product Safety – Commission”.

This is a landmark regulation that covers many children’s products from books to clothing to toys and everyday items manufactured and marketed for children’s use.

Further, it may also cover any product whose appearance and size appeals to a child even while it is not labeled or claimed by the manufacturer to be a child’s product. Labeling must be consistent with use and the CPSC reserves that the determination still depends on factual information specific to each product under review.

Under the CPSIA, the films we produce targeted for later use in the manufacture of children’s products have been subject to the following requirements:

1. Lead In Substrate Compliance

August 14, 2009:
Limits Total Lead Content to 300ppm for products manufactured AFTER February 10, 2011. General Certificate of Conformity and Accredited andThird Party Test will not be required till Feb. 10, 2011 due to an extension on the Stay of Enforcement.

August 14, 2011:
Limits Total Lead Content to 100 ppm (if technologically feasible) General Certificate of Conformity and Accredited Third Party Test required at that time.

Test Method:
CPSC-CH-E1002-08 Standard Operating Procedure for determining Total Lead in Non-Metal Children’s Products. http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/138627/CPSC-CH-E1002-08.pdf

2. Phthalates Compliance

The following phthalate limits are applicable to plasticized component parts of a children’s product or article as defined by the CPSIA:

CPSIA (HR 4040) GROUP 1

BBP (Benzyl Butyl Phthalate)DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate)DEHP (Di-(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate)
Banned in ALL toys and childcare articles For children up to 12 Years of age Limit set of 0.1% concentration per phthalate per plasticized component of each product. Permanent Ban.

CPSIA (HR 4040) GROUP 2

DIDP (Diisodecyl Phthalate)DINP (Diisononyl Phthalate)DnOP (Di-n-octyl Phthalate)
Banned from use in ALL toys and childcare articles intended for children under three (3) yrs of age that can be put in children’s mouths Limit set of 0.1% concentration per phthalate per plasticized component of each product. Interim Ban.

The General Conformity Certificate and Accredited Third Party Test has been given an extended Stay of Enforcement and will NOT be required until 90 days after the Commission issues notices of accreditation of laboratories for testing. Nonetheless, phthalate content must still meet regulation requirements.

Test Method:
CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3 Standard Operating Procedure for Determination of Phthalates. http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/CPSC-CH-C1001-09.3.pdf

What are phthalates anyway? Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid primarily used as plasticizers. It is most commonly added to soften Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) polymer though its use is not limited to this.Do ALL plastics contain phthalates? No, they do not. Phthalates are more commonly found in flexible PVC products signified by the SPI marking below.

 PVC Some Type 3 Plastics may leach Phthalates

*The Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) marking is used to identify a product for recycling and does NOT indicate product bearing this mark automatically contain phthalates. Rigid plastics do not normally contain phthalates. Though pliable and flexible, by it’s design, ARTIFICIAL GRASS yarn DOES NOT – GENERALLY – CONTAIN PHTHALATES. PVC Tech Corp and the CPSIA No, we don’t make toys or children’s products, but our films are often used as components of final products manufactured an 2013-DIN-18035-7-STANDARDS d marketed for children. We carry a range of CPSIA compliant flexible materials complete with the required independent third party test reports certifying test results to both lead in substrate and phthalate restrictions under this regulation. Our Rigid Materials do not typically use phthalates as certified by our manufacturers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires Third Party Testing and General Conformity Certification for children’s products based on a “per product category” schedule issued by the statute. That is, once the CPSC issues the laboratory requirement for a certain category of children’s product, any child’s product within that category manufactured more than ninety days after that date of issuance must be tested to those requirements. As a component supplier, we furnish third party tests and conformity certificates for our materials immediately –even while component testing has not been made mandatory for end use manufacturers. Since we cannot often foresee what category of product our material becomes a part of, availability of these tests give our customers peace of mind and the assurance that our phthalate free films are safe to use for child product applications regulated by the CPSIA. All tests are furnished by independent and/or CPSIA accredited labs only (if accredited labs are available due to the CPSC process) and are furnished upon request.

CONEG:

CONEG and Packaging Legislation CONEG stands for the Coalition of Northeastern Governors comprised of the following member states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The coalition was the driving force in Toxics in Packaging Legislation when it created the model legislation many states adopt today. Therefore, the regulation first created by CONEG served as a template for different states to institute regulations of their own using the language first set by CONEG. Though each state modifies the regulation to a certain extent, the spirit of the regulation remains close to the aims identified by the Model Legislation. The Regulation The goal of this legislation is to reduce the sum concentration levels of four incidentally introduced heavy metals, namely lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium present in any package or packaging component to not exceed 100 parts per million by weight. It is important to note that the 100 ppm limit applies to the combined weight of all the above metals and NOT individually. Definitions under CONEG It defines a Package as “any container, produced either domestically or in a foreign country, providing a means of marketing, protecting or handling a product and shall include a unity package, an intermediate package or a shipping container”. This includes unsealed receptacles as carrying cases, crates, cups, pails, rigid foil and other trays, wrappers and wrapping films, bags and tubs. It defines a Packaging Component as “any individual assembled part of a package which is produced either domestically or in a foreign country, such as but not limited to, any interior or exterior blocking, bracing, cushioning, weatherproofing, exterior strapping, coatings, closures, inks and labels”. Please note that again, each state may issue addendum’s to definitions under the Model Legislation. For instance in California, the definition of Packaging Component includes dyes, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers and any other additives. Who must comply? Toxics in Packaging Legislation requires compliance from the following parties: Manufacturers and/or Suppliers of Packaging and Packaging Components Product Manufacturers or Distributors who use Packaging How to Comply? Under the Model Legislation, manufacturers and suppliers of packaging and packaging components must submit a Certificate of Compliance stating that the package is in compliance with the requirements of the law to the purchaser of these items. The certificate must be:

1. Based on verifiable evidence that no intentional addition of the four metals have occurred.

2. Signed by an authorized official of the manufacturing or supplying company.

3. Must be kept on file for as long as the packaging is in use.

4. Must contain any relevant amendments or modifications reflecting any reformulations to the packaging or packaging component.

5. Must be available to any member of the public who requests the certificate.

Important!
Individual states may modify compliance requirements as per their individual statutes, it is important to check with the state concerned when attempting to comply with state regulations.

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