Firefighters in Australia’s Queensland will be eligible for free blood tests to determine if they suffer any long-term effects from exposure to toxic foam used in firefighting.
Hemming Fire reports that the government passed legislation in May to make the tests available to all past and present firefighters. The testing policy comes after concerns that firefighters were exposed to the chemicals PFOS and PFOA, which are used in film-forming firefighting foam.
The chemicals have been linked to some cancers and health problems.
The test results will be used as part of a longer study into the effects the chemicals have on humans. The Queensland government and the federal government maintain there is no consistent evidence that the foam is linked to health problems.