20 Dec PFAS: A Biological Hazard Within Your Arms Reach
PFAS or per– and poly-fluoroalkyl substances make up the most convenient tools in Australia. It can be found in low levels almost everywhere from the sewage system, fire-fighting foams non-stick cookware, food packaging and even home décor like carpets. Unfortunately, you can also ingest it by eating contaminated food and drinks that you can buy from supermarkets. While you won’t acquire health risks immediately, recognising its harm is still vital to avoid its collective harmful effects.
Health Hazards of PFAS
While the scientific evidence of long term PFAS contamination is still under development, some experts link it with a large range of health risks such as:
- Increased risk of infertility
- Toxicity in the developmental and reproductive system
- Thyroid disease
- Liver damage
- Weakening of Immune System
- Persistence in the body
How to Reduce Potential Exposure to PFAS?
Although PFAS’ harmful effects in humans, animals and the environment are still not proven, the government suggests observing precaution and limiting exposure to the chemical as much as possible.
- Get your drinking water tested for PFAS contamination
If your water supply is from a public drinking water system, connect to the local utility staff. They can help you in learning about the possibility of PFAS contamination or present you with a recent test they had done to verify PFAS contamination. However, not every public drinking system has the information about this and often involves a long process. If this is the case, you can get the water tested yourself. Just make sure to choose a certified laboratory.
- Conduct regular testing
Contamination can easily get out of hand. That’s why it’s important to monitor the PFAS presence (if there’s any) in water and other products.
- Reach out to a health agency
If you wish to have more detailed information about the list of certified laboratories, you can contact a health agency or state environmental. They are the entities that can be the most helpful in finding the right laboratory for you.
- Compare the results
When you receive the results, compare them to the state standards and EPA’s Health Advisory for safe levels of PFAS in your drinking water.
Are You Still Worried About PFAS Exposure?
If you’re still concerned about PFAS, there are other options that you may try, such as using an alternative water source and installing an in-home PFAS destruction water system. In addition to that, you can also check a list of areas where PFAS contamination is rampant. If you find you’re residence on the list, then you should also avoid purchasing local agricultural foods available in the community you’re in.
On the flip side, PFAS decontamination is possible. Thanks to the advancement of technology, we are now equipped to filter water into a safe drinking version.
If you wish to have one at your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Membrane Systems.