Evaluating alternatives for PFAS-containing AFFF

Ramboll assessed AFFF alternatives and recommended site-specific procedures at 40 facilities worldwide.
firefighter uses a powerful foaming agent to put out a fire; Shutterstock ID 1787172524; purchase_order: Violeta Mangovski
Every challenge has a backstory
A multi-national corporation has been using aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), which contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in fire protection applications at facilities in more than 40 locations across the world.
Due to concerns surrounding compliance with rapidly evolving PFAS regulations, which differ across states and countries, and the future availability of fluorine-containing firefighting foams, Ramboll was retained in 2020-2021 to assess the availability, efficacy and cost of commercially available replacement products and current procedures for AFFF replacement and disposal at each location.
Focus on solutions
Ramboll reviewed local, regional, state and country-specific regulations related to using AFFF and other PFAS foams and identified fluorine-free replacements compatible with current processes and equipment at each location. Ramboll also identified and recommended site-specific procedures to replace and dispose of AFFF based on current and developing regulatory requirements and guidance, integrated with the client’s existing programs and strategic objectives.
Results that matter
The project allowed for development of an actionable strategy focused on prioritising reduction of reliance on PFAS-containing products and identification of beneficial and cost-protective steps to implement at each facility. The overall project integrated the client’s EHS goals and EMS objectives with its global business strategy and site security programs.
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  • Jaana Pietari

    Senior Managing Consultant

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