Everything you need to know about PFAS – Therese Manning

Presenter(s): Therese Manning has more than 30 years of experience in human health and ecological risk assessment with the NSW EPA and as a consultant.

Speaker – Therese Manning – Principal, EnRiskS

Therese Manning has more than 30 years of experience in human health and ecological risk assessment with the NSW EPA and as a consultant. She has also been involved in reviewing and developing guidance documents and provided training in environmental chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment. While at NSW EPA, she was part of the team involved in the remediation of Homebush Bay and the Rhodes Peninsula – the most dioxin-contaminated site in Australia. She has been a consultant for the last 10 years during which time she has undertaken many assessments for PFAS contaminated land as well as being a member of the NSW Government Expert Panel for RAAF Williamtown and preparing guidance for NSW EPA which was used before the NEMP was published.



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.

Webinar was held Friday October 21 12.00pm – 1.00pm AEST/10.00am – 11.00am AWST

Posted on 10/11/2022

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