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Woodchip for school. Health risk?

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Hello there

 

A few schools have asked me to drop wood chip for play areas but im a bit worried about the spores/fungi or whatever it is that can cause chest problems?

 

any ideas how to reduce the chance/stop this (besides not giving them chip!)

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Cor blimey guv.... asbestos in children's play sand and complete lack of regulations! That's just stupid.

 

That relates to California but I wonder if it's the same for the UK??

 

When I was reading up about Farmers Lung research says that children aren't affected by mouldy hay, etc in the same way as us adults (although I'm not saying there aren't isolated examples of that).

That makes sense because our son was breathing the same spores that had me coughing for a month.... he was absolutely fine (was age 3 then).

 

cheers, steve

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i alwayts use a mask when moving old chip you can see the amount of green mould and spores in the air. but once the wood chip has settled it should be ok (this is just a guess)

as we use it on pathways and flower bed and you don't see mould and spores get kicked up in the air when walking on it. i think the mould would stay under the top layer as condition's for propagation would be damp and dark.

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Don't do it. If some of the kids did get sick because of the chip you dropped off could see a whole world of trouble coming your way!

 

Not saying it would be your fault I just know I wouldn't want the aggro!

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