Fire Gear & PFOA – The Data (The Real Cancer in Your Gear-Follow-Up)

A few months ago we published an article called “The Real Cancer in Your Gear.”  It was a lengthy article with a lot of information. As we understand it, the information caused quite a stir within the fire service community, as it should have. The idea that perfluorinated alkylated substances(PFAS) such as a perfluorooctanoic acid(PFOA) and perfluorochemicals(PFCs) might be a component of fire gear is a very concerning one. Here’s why. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a group of chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water.” (1) Due to the chemical’s inherent properties, it’s logical that it would or could be used when manufacturing fire gear.  PFOA is in the PFC family. “PFOA can remain in the body for long periods of time. In laboratory animals given large amounts, PFOA can affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver.”(1) Countries throughout the European Union (EU) are banning PFOA in consumer products and regulating the chemical as a “Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) under the REACH-regulation EC 1907/2006 and therefore subject to information obligations if present over 0.1% in an article.” Article meaning “a particular item … Continue reading Fire Gear & PFOA – The Data (The Real Cancer in Your Gear-Follow-Up)