PFAS/PFOS: Implications for the Fire Service

Per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFOA), have been used in many manufacturing processes, including non-stick coatings on cookware, food packaging materials and durable water repellents (DWRs) in consumer clothing (including fire fighter PPE), upholstery and carpets. Firefighting foams for extinguishing flammable liquid fires containing PFOS have been used for fire suppression and fire training. The products of fire suppression may include PFAS. There is a concern that exposure to this family of chemicals may have many health effects, including testicular and kidney cancer. This session will help you better understand this family of chemicals and their impact on fire fighters.

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