|While some sand for sandboxes is taken from the beach and is perfectly harmless, other sand comes from quarries and consists of crushed quarry rock. Unfortunately, some of this rock comes from quarries that contain asbestos, and the crushing of the rock liberates the asbestos. For years, manufacturers of toy sand have successfully lobbied the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency that is supposed to be watching out for children's health. They have persuaded the CPSC not to require labeling of sand to indicate its source. As a result, consumers are unable to tell by looking at the sand whether or not it contains asbestos. My advice is that you not|
purchase sand for a sandbox unless the manufacturer can assure you that it consists of beach sand and that it is not quarry rock.
|1) Sand play areas must be distinct from landings areas for any equipment such as slides, swings, etc.|
2) All sandboxes shall be kept covered when not under adult surveillance. This covering shall be secured to prevent entry by children or animals, and sufficient to prevent contamination by solids or liquids.
3) Sandboxes shall be equipped with constant and
effective drainage systems and be constructed to present no safety hazards.
4) Sand shall not be of the compacting type and should be replaced by fine pea gravel that is smooth surfaced. Any media placed in sandboxes shall present no preventable health or safety hazards by its nature or structure.
5) Sterilized sand or pea gravel should be obtained for sandbox use.
6) Sand that becomes contaminated shall be replaced with sterilized sand or pea gravel or the contaminant removed, where it is possible, to capture and dispose of all the contaminant. Treatment of sand with chemicals to attempt to sterilize it within the sandbox is not recommended.
7) Sandboxes/sand play areas shall be inspected for signs of contamination and safety hazards before each use.
8) Sand in boxes and play areas shall be replaced as needed and at least every two years.