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ERGT Australia's Firefighting Foam and PFAS Policy

by ERGT Australia | Feb 09, 2018

ERGT is committed to the health and safety of all employees, clients and visitors, and to the protection of the environment. An example of this commitment can be found in our use of firefighting foams that do not contain chemicals from the group collectively known as PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances).  


PFAS  are a class of manufactured chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to make products that resist heat, stains, grease and water.


Firefighting foams used to contain PFAS due to their effectiveness in extinguishing fuel fires.  These chemicals have been identified worldwide as emerging contaminants.


These foams would have most likely entered the environment through the ground and nearby waterways.  There is potential for PFAS to impact the environment but the extent of that impact is uncertain and will vary from location to location.


We have engaged independent environmental experts and determined there is no risk of exposure to PFASs at any of our training centres.


The use of foams that do not contain PFAS is a policy that has been in place at our training facilities around Australia since 2001.


ERGT has researched our use of firefighting foams used for training potentially contain PFAS and has release the following statement.

Firefighting Foams and PFAS Statement