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The US state of Colorado has approved measures to regulate PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams and firefighting personal protective equipment (FPPE).

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These will be implemented in phases starting August 2, 2019 for FPPE.

On June 3, 2019, the governor of the US state of Colorado signed the HB19-1279 bill into law to regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS chemicals).

The new law contains several important provisions, including:

  • Prohibiting Class B firefighting foams with intentionally added PFAS chemicals and their use for training purposes
  • Requiring manufacturers or sellers of firefighting personal protective equipment to disclose whether these products contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals and the reason for these added chemicals
  • Expanding the power of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) by allowing the CDPHE to request certificates of compliance (CoCs) from manufacturers of Class B firefighting foam or FPPE

Highlights on the use of PFAS chemicals in Class B firefighting foams and FPPE are summarized in Table 1.

Colorado, HB19-1279, 2019
‘Concerning the Use of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, and, in Connection Therein, Making an Appropriation’

Substance
Scope Requirement Effective Date
PFAS Chemicals
Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment (FPPE) Notice to purchaser of FPPE*
August 2, 2019
Class B Firefighting Foams Prohibited August 2, 2021
*Manufacturer or seller of FPPE containing intentionally added PFAS chemicals to provide written notice to purchaser at the time of sale by stating the FPPE contains PFAS chemicals and the reason for their presence.

Table 1.

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