Bulletin No: 021 | 25 February 2019
TO: ALL UFU MFB MEMBERS
UFU & MFB PILOT WORLD-FIRST PFAS STUDY FOR MFB FIRE SERVICE PERSONNEL
- The UFU is very proud to announce to members that the union has partnered with the MFB in a word-first PFAS study for MFB fire service personnel
- This study will examine whether PFAS levels in the bloodstream can be reduced by regular blood or plasma donations
- Members can be assured that this study been properly consulted on and agreed by both UFU and MFB via the Enterprise Agreement’s consultative process. The UFU encourages MFB members to take part in this voluntary study.
Details about the study
Macquarie University’s Faculty of Medicine has been commissioned by the MFB to undertake clinical research over a 12-month period with a study sample of 350 firefighters, workshops and corporate staff.
The study will examine whether PFAS levels in the bloodstream can be reduced by regular blood or plasma donations.
It is well-known that PFAS exposure has negative health impacts on humans and the environment. Many Victorian firefighters have been exposed, and continue to be exposed, to PFAS in their line of work. This study looks at how that exposure can be reduced in the interests of firefighters’ health and the environment.
The MFB will hold a number of information sessions and the UFU will be advising members of the details of these information sessions in due course.
As members are aware, it has taken many years to achieve recognition of the dangers of PFAS exposure to firefighters, fire service personnel and the community.
The UFU strongly encourages MFB members to take part in this voluntary study as the results of this study will affect fire services both in Australia and abroad.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary