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PFAS - what are they and why should we care?

15 October 2019
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This event will discuss why construction professionals in the UK should pay more attention to perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS), and how to assess and manage the associated risks.

Perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made substances used in many industrial and consumer products - such as carpeting, clothing, fire-fighting foams, metal plating in stain repellents, polishes, paints, and coatings - for their water, oil and heat resistance properties. There is evidence to indicate that soils and groundwater in certain locations within the UK have been impacted by these substances.

PFAS have caused many issues in other countries, e.g. the US and Australia, both of which have developed guidance on how to manage and mitigate their use. Awareness of PFAS is not high in the UK, though it is a regulated contaminant according to the Environment Agency.

UK practitioners would benefit from ensuring that they are aware and are prepared to handle the risks associated with PFAS.


09.30am: Registration

10.00am: Introduction

10.15am: What is PFAS and how bad is it? (Ian Ross, Arcadis and Tony Fletcher, Public Health England)

10.45am: PFAS – A regulatory perspective (Petroula Mantzou and Helen Pickering, Environment Agency)

11.05am: Coffee break

11.25am: Brexit changes to chemical regulation and how this relates to PFAS (Joanne Holbrook, Addleshaw Goddard LLP)

11.45am: Risk Assessment - sampling and analysis (Dr Claire Stone, i2)

12.05pm: Discussion and questions

12.35pm: Lunch

1.35pm: How clean is clean - Navigating PFAS Treatment in the Changing Regulatory Environment (Kristen Jenkins, GHD)

1.55pm: PFAS Remediation in soil and groundwater: a case study on review of technologies (Andrew Dunn, CETCO)

2.15pm: Questions and discussion

3.00pm: Close

Cost and registration

The cost for this seminar is £95, and you can register online now via the CIRIA website.


Griffin Court
15 Long Lane


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