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Thursday May 19 2016 - Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative Webinar

Title: Reducing gymnast exposures to flame retardants 
Speaker: Courtney Carignan, Ph.D., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Date: May 19, 2016 
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST 

Flame retardants are chemicals added to many products including those containing polyurethane foam, such as pit cubes, landing mats, upholstered furniture and foam mattress pads to meet fire safety standards. These chemicals escape these products and enter our bodies. Studies have shown that gymnasts can have high exposures to flame retardants due to the large volume of polyurethane foam in gyms and subsequently high levels of flame retardants in the air and dust of the gymnastics training environment. Flame retardants may be harmful to our health. They can disrupt hormone systems in our bodies and effect fertility, metabolism, and neurodevelopment. Some are also suspected carcinogens. The potential health effects of flame retardants are the subject of ongoing research; however, findings to date indicate that it is precautious to limit exposure to these chemicals. 
Topics covered by the webinar include: 
• Concerns regarding flame retardants in gymnastics training facilities 
• Differing fire safety requirements for gyms and potential impacts on exposure to flame retardants 
• Preliminary results of pit cube flammability testing and plans for an intervention study 
• Q&A and feedback on current/future studies 


Please register for Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative Webinar on Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT at: 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.