15 May Report finds chemicals can be trapped in Protective Clothing
A new report by Maizel et al, carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology has discovered that the multi-layer design of Firefighter Turnout Gear Textiles can trap Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl subtances.
Researches have carried out in-depth examination of the various layers that make up protective equipment worn by firefighters. Textiles that form these protective coats and pants are formed in three layers, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or ‘PFAS concentrations’ are able to be trapped in the outer layers of the clothing.
PFAS chemicals do not break down easily, even with the passing of time, as a result they have been given the moniker of ‘forever chemicals’, as a result, these suspected carcinogens are able to find their way into bodies long before they have a chance of dispersing in any form.
Researches found that the number of PFAS chemicals was much higher in firefighters.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology commented on the research, stressing the importance of protecting fire fighters from these chemicals.
While we are starting to understand PFAS in the firefighter gear, we don’t know to what extent firefighters may be exposed to PFAS from their workplace,” Davis said. “Understanding what PFAS are in the workplace tells a more complete story of the firefighter’s exposure.”
Find out more about the research by reading the full online report.