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Globe Manufacturing Company supports bipartisan PFAS Alternatives Act


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PFAS Alternatives Act: A drive for PFAS-free safety gear

A significant stride has been made in the world of firefighter safety with the introduction of the Protecting Firefighters and Advancing State-of-the-Art Alternatives Act (known as the PFAS Alternatives Act).

This bipartisan bill, announced by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and her colleagues, seeks to promote the development of future safety materials for firefighter turnout gear that are free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Globe Manufacturing Company: In full support of PFAS-free gear

In a landmark announcement, Globe Manufacturing Company, a leading producer of structural turnout gear for firefighters, and a subsidiary of MSA Safety Incorporated, has voiced its support for the PFAS Alternatives Act.

Bob Apel, the Chief Operating Officer of Globe, stated: “Globe applauds and supports the outstanding bipartisan leadership of Representatives Debbie Dingell, Sam Graves, Suzanne Bonamici, Tom Kean, Jr., Dina Titus, Anthony D’Esposito, Glenn Ivey, and Brian Fitzpatrick for their commitment to develop innovative, next-generation materials for firefighter turnout gear and address the demand for PFAS-free materials.

“Globe looks forward to continuing its long-term advocacy efforts working with congressional champions, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and other stakeholders to promote this investment in innovation and pass the PFAS Alternatives Act.”

PFAS Alternatives Act: A stepping stone to innovation

The fundamental aim of the PFAS Alternatives Act is “to drive innovation in developing next-generation protection for firefighters by accelerating the development of PFAS-free turnout gear.”

This legislation will provide crucial support for the development and testing of PFAS-free turnout gear materials, guidance and training on the proper use and maintenance of such gear, and the development of other innovations that can help reduce the inherent dangers firefighters face.

However, the current challenge lies in meeting the demand for PFAS-free turnout gear.

As it stands, no company making firefighter protective clothing can fully meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) performance standards while offering turnout coats or pants that are entirely PFAS free.

All NFPA-compliant moisture barriers available on the market today contain PFAS in some form. The PFAS Alternatives Act aims to address this issue and inspire innovation, thereby complementing private sector efforts already in motion.

IFSJ Comment

This is important news as it signals the industry’s commitment to the health and safety of firefighters.

The move towards PFAS-free gear is a significant step in the right direction, which aligns with global efforts towards safer and more sustainable materials.

This advancement will be closely watched by firefighters, manufacturers and safety professionals alike.

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