Firefighting Gear Regulated for PFAS in Indiana, USA

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is reminding stakeholders that the governor of the US state of Indiana has signed a law to regulate the state fire department’s purchasing of firefighting gear containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) chemicals.

A PFAS chemical is defined under Indiana Code (IC) § 36-8-10.7-3 as any chemical of a class of fluorinated organic chemicals, including PFAS, that contains at least one fully fluorinated atom. 

The new law defines firefighting gear as any item of clothing designed, intended or marketed to be a structural firefighting protective ensemble or ensemble element. This includes:

– Coats
– Coveralls
– Footwear
– Gloves
– Helmets
– Interface components
– Trousers
– Components to construct such clothing

The law prohibits the state’s fire department from purchasing such gear unless the product contains a permanently affixed label indicating whether or not it contains a PFAS chemical.

The law was signed on April 20, 2023, and it will come into effect on June 30, 2024.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

Melanie Schubert
Senior Technical Manager
Tel: +1 312 414 9394

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