Flexsand Synthetic turf infill reduces health concerns for Helen Bernstein high school.
When the Los Angeles unified school district began building the new Helen Bernstein High School and its 90,000 square feet of athletic fields, officials looked for options that would limit lead exposure, reduce heat and other health concerns.
The fields will not only be used by students of the school, but also by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, so eliminating the lead exposure associated with traditional infill material technologies was a priority for Stephen Sharr, director of new construction for the Los Angeles unified. “We were assured that neither the artificial turf nor Flexsand infill contains detectable levels of lead or other potentially hazardous materials”, notes Sharr. The high school, part of the nation’s second-largest school district, was the first facility to use Flexsand infill as a cushioning material on athletic fields.
A Safe alternative that contains no heavy metals or harmful chemical compounds.
Flexsand uniquely combines two engineered elastomers and high-purity quartz sand, to create a specially formulated synthetic turf infill. This new infill solution contains no heavy metals or harmful chemical compounds, unlike traditional infill material technologies and minimizes health and environmental concerns, a key issue for many consumers.
Flexsand performance qualities also keep players cooler, help reduces injuries.
The Flexsand infill helps Keeps players and fields cooler and players more comfortable, thanks to its absorbs less heat than traditional infill material technologies. “A field that uses the Flexsand infill will be about 20-30 degrees cooler during the day than a similar-sized field using a traditional infill.
Flexsand has excellent shock absorption qualities and combined with its UV resistance, retains those properties under even the harshest weather and playing conditions.
Other Flexsand qualities – including leach resistance to protect the environment, recyclability at the end of its useful life, fire safety, better ballast, reduced kick-out, and superior blade support for the artificial turf.