PFAS inquiry includes Association input

Posted on : Thursday, 20 December 2018

The final report for the Senate Inquiry into the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination from fluorinated firefighting foams in and around Defence bases was published in November 2018, and includes input provided by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) in a submission.
The Inquiry's final report includes nine recommendations in total.


Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government review its existing advice in relation to the human health effects of PFAS exposure, including to acknowledge the potential links to certain medical conditions.

Recommendation 7

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government implement legislation and policies to:

  • ban nationally the use of, contain, and ultimately safely destroy, long chain PFAS-based firefighting foams (including those containing PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS);
  • place appropriate restrictions on the non-essential use of shorter chain PFAS-based foams; and
  • continue to encourage the use of PFAS-free alternatives wherever possible.


Recommendation 8

The Committee recommends that the Australian Government urgently ratify the listing of PFOS under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Further, the Committee recommends that the Government expedite the process for ratification of PFOA and PFHxS in the event that they are listed under the Stockholm Convention in the future.



FPA Australia released an information bulletin in 2017 on the  selection and use of firefighting foams. In it, the Association recommends a ban on fluorinated foams which contain PFOS, but supports the use of US EPA PFOA Stewardship-compliant C6 foams in certain circumstances due to their reduced environmental impact and high level of effectiveness.


Read the report here.

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