If you have suffered a health problem or have lost a loved one due to exposure to firefighting foam, you may be eligible for compensation through a class-action lawsuit. The compensation you receive may cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP is ready to represent you in a national AFFF class-action lawsuit.
PFAS in firefighting foam
The PFAS chemicals present in firefighting foam are harmful to firefighters because they can be absorbed through their skin, breathing, and even oral ingestion. While firefighters can't avoid exposure to these chemicals when fighting a fire, they can use protective gear to minimize their exposure to them. They also need to shower as soon as possible and wipe down their skin if they suspect exposure to PFAS chemicals. Fortunately, the industry is responding to this crisis and moving toward PFAS-free fire suppression methods.
The PFAS chemicals are not only toxic, but they also pose a high risk of cancer and other illnesses. They can damage the immune system, cause high blood pressure, and affect fetal development. This is why the North Carolina Attorney General's office has launched an investigation into manufacturers of firefighting foam. The investigation may lead to additional legal actions against these companies.
Occupational exposure to PFAS
There have been increasing concerns over occupational exposure to PFAS in firefighting fluids. This chemical is known to increase the risk of certain cancers, and firefighters have been found to be exposed to higher concentrations than the general population. Previous studies have focused on men and only reported men's exposure to PFAS, but a recent study on women firefighters has revealed elevated levels in blood among firefighters.
PFASs are man-made chemicals that can be found in a wide variety of products. They are often used in firefighting foam. The chemicals are linked to cancer and can cause reproductive problems, and many people are at risk of exposure. Firefighters are known to be among the most exposed groups of workers, and their exposure may occur through touch of concentrated products and inhalation of airborne PFASs.
In addition to firefighting foam, firefighters may be exposed to PFAS-contaminated gear. These toxic chemicals can seep into the environment and be found in the water supply.
Occupational exposure to PFAS in firefighting foam
PFAS is a class of chemicals that can cause serious health problems for people exposed to it. There are several ways to reduce the risk of exposure. The first step is to wear protective gear and respiratory protection. This can be achieved by wearing a full firefighting uniform that includes a respirator and rubber gloves. Wearing splash-proof goggles is also mandatory.
PFAS is commonly found in firefighting foam and on firefighter personal protective equipment, and researchers are working to determine how much of the chemicals firefighters are exposed to. Because firefighters work in a very toxic environment, understanding the different sources of their exposure is vital. The researchers will use urine and blood tests to measure the PFAS absorbed by firefighters. They will be collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and researchers at the University of Miami. The research will build on the Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study, which is funded by FEMA.
PFAS is found in firefighting foam produced by a number of companies. The company Chemguard, Inc. manufactures AR-AFFF, a type of foam with three percent PFAS. Other manufacturers, like Chemguard, produce PFAS-free foam that is safe for firefighters and is designed to be used in a variety of situations.