Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

PFAS Blood Testing Program announced for Tasmania Fire Service

16 October 2021

The Tasmanian Government welcomes the announcement of the Chief Officer, that the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) will initiate a voluntary PFAS Blood Testing Program.

The TFS will develop an implementation plan for the Blood Testing Program which will be led by the Deputy Chief Officer.

The implementation plan will be developed in conjunction with staff and volunteer representative groups, including unions and volunteer associations.

The management of PFAS is a priority for the Tasmanian Government, and while we recognise that the current national health advice is that PFAS blood tests have no diagnostic or prognostic value, we know that our firefighters want to have the option of blood testing to understand the levels of PFAS in their blood.

Implementing blood testing is another measure to prioritise the health, well-being, and safety of our firefighters. Importantly, the Government has already transitioned away from the use of PFAS foams and, together with the TFS, we’ll continue to work with environmental consultants who provide expert advice, undertake ongoing testing and determine remediation strategies.

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