30 March 2017
Following on from the release of the Queensland Operational Policy for the Environmental Management of Firefighting Foam on 7 July 2016, the Department of Environment and Heritage held a three-day seminar at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 21-23 February. The seminar covered risk management and implementation of best management practices for foam handling, use, and disposal to comply with the provisions of the Queensland Environmental Protection Act 1994 within the Policy timelines
The Policy had come about from the emerging identification of large-scale site contamination at legacy foam use sites and emerging evidence of long-term adverse health and environmental effects from some chemicals. Fire Protection Technologies Technical Director, Ron Cromb, attended the seminar and was an active participant in the proceedings.
The Seminar provided firefighting foam end-users, their service providers and consultants with information and guidance on the current state-of-knowledge and worldwide directions for the environmental management of firefighting foam current use, waste management and legacy contamination.
Seminar presenters included subject experts across government regulators, fire systems
engineers, analytical laboratories, legal counsel, risk assessors, contaminated sites assessment and