Confronting the PFAS challenge: firefighting foams, becoming future ready

There is increasing momentum around ending the use of PFAS containing foams for firefighting. However, a full transition for many industries is proving more difficult as they work to address this complex challenge. What new trends will spur the switch to fluorine-free foams? What are the common misconceptions and how can you plan an effective transition strategy? Wood's experts will provide a better understanding of how to become future ready when it comes to firefighting foams.
Content
1:40 Trends spurring the switch to fluorine-free foams
7:30 Developing an effective transition strategy
12:14 Common misconceptions
Shalene Thomas
Shalene Thomas
/ Wood
Global Emerging Contaminants Programme Manager
A leading advisor on strategically managing PFAS challenges, Shalene Thomas began her career in toxicology and risk assessment consulting then quickly expanded her expertise to create data management and visualisation tools. For the last 12 years, she has worked to guide clients through navigating PFAS use transition, investigation and clean-up. Shalene is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Julius Kreissig
Julius Kreissig
/ Wood
Economist
Julius specialises in advising on the economic impact of environmental policy. He held leading roles in Wood’s support to the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency to assess potential regulation of PFAS in fire-fighting foams and the potential socio-economic impacts of transitioning to fluorine-free alternatives. Julius is based in Calgary, Alberta.
Niall Ramsden
Niall Ramsden
/ Lastfire
Project Coordinator
A passionate advocate for firefighting foam training, safety and risk management, Niall Ramsden coordinates fire performance test programmes of new generation C6 fluorosurfactant and fluorine-free foams for spill and tank fires with the LASTFIRE Project, an international industry group reviewing the risks associated with storage tank fires. Niall is based in the UK.
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