ARTA’s Legislative Director Scott Delin of Fashion Seal reports on the work of ARTA PFAS Task Force. He says ARTA has joined forces with TRSA to develop a joint plan of attack that keeps our members and other laundry operators well informed on the impact of PFAS regulations on the textile services industry in 2023 and beyond.
Delin said the task force Is formulating action items and a timetable and will keep members and other laundry operators well informed on the impact of PFAS regulations on the textile services industry. Members of the ARTA task force are Delin, Cecil Lee of Standard Textile, Steve Tinker of Gurtler Industries, Inc. and Jeff Courey of George Courey.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe since the 1940s. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. Both are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. As a result, they’ve been dubbed “forever chemicals”. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects.