Calls to protect emergency workers from harsh man-made chemicals have gone unanswered in Tasmania, according to the state's firefighter union.
But Tasmania Fire Service argued it had been actively reducing the impact of toxic firefighting foam in the state for the past two years.
Foams containing poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, continued to be used in "rare circumstances" in Tasmania, despite being banned in other states.
"The TFS position has been to move away from all fluorine foam products when a suitable fluorine free alternative has been identified," TFS chief officer Chris Arnol said.
"Exposure is minimal if following proper hygiene principles and using appropriate PPE which should apply when handling any chemicals."
The United Firefighters Union, however, is still demanding change, calling on the next state government to fund compulsory PFAS blood testing and health monitoring of firefighters.
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"It is likely PFAS is undermining the health of firefighters right now and no monitoring or health support plans are being put place. In contrast a firefighter who works for Air Services Australia at Hobart and Launceston airports would be on their third round of blood testing," UFU Tasmanian secretary Leigh Hills said.
According to Mr Arnol, the blood tests suggested by the union were not recommended by the PFAS Expert Health Panel.
"Health experts have informed us that these tests have no diagnostic value, and it is not possible for a doctor to tell whether the level of PFOS or PFOA in the blood will make a person sick now or later in life," he said.
While Labor had met with the union to discuss the issue, the Liberal Party said they had not been contacted about funding.
Emergency Services Minister Mark Shelton said "the State Fire Commission was responsible for funding and work health and safety of the Tasmania Fire Service", and "the UFU currently has a representative on the Commission".
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