Envirolab to Sponsor RACI Symposium and Workshop on PFAS Measurement and Proficiency Testing

 01/11/2018

Envirolab Group is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming RACI NSW symposium and workshop: PFAS measurement and PFAS proficiency testing.

PFAS as a Serious Public Concern
As an emerging contaminant, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination is a serious public concern.

Globally, PFAS were historically used within firefighting foams on a range of facilities including airports, firefighting stations, landfill sites, industrial areas and any locations where there have been large fuel or chemical fires. Sites, including Katherine in the Northern Territory is notably one of several PFAS-affected sites around the country.

The two most well-known PFAS are perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). They don’t easily break down in the environment due to the way they were manufactured and have the ability to travel through the environment via surface water and groundwater. Their high bioaccumulation potential means they can move through the food chain through plants and animals. That’s why it’s important to gain an understanding of the chemical nature of these compounds.

The use of measurement science is also critical for both detecting contamination and monitoring the effectiveness of remediation efforts.

 

Upcoming Event: PFAS in the Environment and Measurement Challenges - Wednesday 7th November 2018
The one-day symposium and workshop is being organised by the NSW branch of the RACI (Royal Australian Chemical Institute) and NMI (National Measurement Institute). This event will be held at Lehany Theatre, CSIRO Lindfield, 36 Bradfield Road, West Lindfield NSW.

This symposium offers a full program of speakers from environmental consultancies, government institutions, commercial laboratories, academia, government research laboratories and industry.

The afternoon session of the seminar will include a presentation by Dr. Mohammad Talebi, R&D Scientist at our Sydney laboratory.  Mohammad is scheduled to provide an update at 2:40pm – 3.00pm on the research grant awarded in 2017 through the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) initiative. The project has been in collaboration with our partners KD Analytical Australia (KDAA) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS) on developing a new technological solution in a field deployable analyser for environmental monitoring of PFAS.

 

To be part of this event, register now:

When: Wednesday, November 7th 2018, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Lehany Theatre, CSIRO Lindfield,
36 Bradfield Road,
West Lindfield NSW 2070

Information and Registration:
https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/NAG832/


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