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ASGA compiles ‘Request for Information’ on PFAS usage in products

ASGA has compiled a Request for Information to ascertain (PFAS) usage in industry products.

Glenn Hain, ASGA’s Risk & Compliance Consultant, has advised that the Australian Government has released a discussion paper regarding the National PFAS Position Statement which proposes the phasing out of the use of products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This includes but is not limited to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

The ASGA is intending to register as a contributing partner to the discussion paper so that it can have a voice in the final decision as to the future use of these compounds and timeframes.

“As one of the uses for these compounds is as a fire retardant in plastics and Inks, we are asking every member to check with their suppliers to see if any of the products currently being used by the signage industry contain these compounds,” says Glenn.

Those in the industry are asked to provide the following information if they are using products that contain PFAS:

Products Name:

Which Compound:

Suppliers Name:

Suppliers Contact Details (email and/or phone):

What it is used for:

Suitable Substitute (if any):

The Technical Data Sheet/s of the Product:

This will allow the ASGA to determine what effect the proposed changes will have on the products used by the signage industry and prepare a submission to raise the concerns (if any) that the industry has regarding the phasing out of the use of PFAS in Australia.

“Our input is vital, particularly in light of recent changes to the National Construction Code that have impacted the materials the signage industry has available and the cost impacts associated with these changes,” adds Glenn.

To participate please email michael_punch@signs.org.au

 

 

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