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The outcomes of the investigations have not convinced most parents that the materials are not toxic.
The tests are very limited and several harmful substances are not tested for toxicity. So being in line with the national standards does not mean the materials used in school playgrounds are non-toxic.
The fact that the playground materials satisfy the national standards yet may still be harmful to students indicates it is the standards that are problematic. The low standards mean profit-seeking enterprises compete with lower prices to win bids can legitimately use cheap but possibly harmful substances. This has resulted in the entire industry embarking on a low-cost and potentially harmful path.
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