Friday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM21/10/2022
Everything you need to know about PFAS
Speaker – Therese Manning – Principal, EnRiskS
PFAS – per and polyfluoroalkyl substances – these chemicals have many unusual characteristics as well as being extremely persistent. It wasn’t until around 2010 that the laboratories in Australia could undertake analysis for these chemicals routinely. Since that time, they have been found throughout our environment especially in urban areas of Australia. The main source where significant contamination has been found are locations where aqueous film forming foams have been used. These forms have been used in firefighting and firefighting training. They were also used in a wide range of domestic products which is why they are routinely found in urban waterways. Given the large contaminated source areas at airports and defence bases, there is a lot of remediation that has occurred and is still being undertaken. This webinar will discuss the unusual characteristics of these chemicals, the most important exposure pathways relevant in workplaces and some of the controversy surrounding reference doses for protection of human health.
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