Mission Statement: NENSA is committed to making safe and supportive competitive events for all cross country skiers. Concerns about fluorinated waxes have emerged from three schools of thought: the health implications of exposure, the environmental effects involved with the raw materials in many of the wax products, and the competitive advantage certain clubs may gain due to the perceived complexities of available products. NENSA would like to address these issues and help reduce the dependence on fluorinated waxes through education and waxing guidelines.
It is important to note that the wax industry will shift as the international market responds to mounting regulation of ingredients in Europe. We hope our stance will promote a healthy environment for athletes, technicians, spectators and New England venues. These policies are based on trust and NENSA cannot enforce compliance.
- Bill Koch Festival – Fluoro-Free glide products only.
- U16 & Eastern High School Championships
- Use of non fluoro, low fluoro, or high fluoro paraffin glide wax will be allowed.
- Base structure will be allowed.
- Use of any fluorinated topcoat treatment in the glide zones will not be allowed. This includes the following:
NENSA Policy at Open Events (Eastern Cup*, Popular Races):
- All participants at NENSA events are expected to respect public spaces, and abide by any restrictions provided by the venue.
- No Ironing of Perfluorinated finishing waxes (“pure fluoro” – powders, liquids, or blocks).
*Ironed “pure fluoro” products pose a possible health risk. To protect athletes, spectators, and the general public from potential exposure it is our policy to disallow the ironed application of these products.
- Applying perfluorinated waxes by hand using rotocork, rotofleece, or hand cork methods is acceptable under these new regulations.
- Ironing kick wax products is also permitted, though NENSA recommends use of a respirator during that process.
*The Craftsbury SuperTour, held January 24-26, 2020, is a SuperTour and thus supersedes NENSA’s wax regulations. Ironing of perfluorinated wax products will be permitted at this event.
- Simplify your wax boxes – learn a brand(s) and trust your process. Add complexity as you see fit and that your staff can handle without limiting coaching interaction.
- Use fluorinated waxes sparingly: select appropriate events and limit the volume and time you spend testing products. Please note many commonly used kick waxes and klister contains fluorinated material and should be used and disposed of in a similar manner to glide waxes.
- Wear a respirator or at least a dust mask whenever you are glide waxing: If you are working with any type of glide wax, there are likely fumes and particulates in the air that you do not want in your lungs. Even when scraping and brushing, wear a dust mask to protect your airways.
- Collect your wax shavings and contain your dust: Wax waste must be collected in waste containers and disposed of in waste containers properly. All waste material should be disposed of in waste containers on site. Do not brush your wax scrapings on the ground.
Looking forward: We hope that our stance on limiting the use of fluorinated wax will further invigorate the industry to develop new products that can provide similar performance without relying on materials that are known to pose potential health and environmental risk. NENSA’s policies will continue to develop as we learn more about the effects of wax and new waxes are made available.