Delegates at the IAFF 55th Convention voted overwhelmingly in favor of resolutions to protect members from toxic substances in personal protective equipment (PPE) and to end sponsorships from manufacturers that use these substances.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of some 4,000 chemicals used in virtually all bunker gear inner liners to make them waterproof, have been linked to cancer and other illnesses among fire fighters.
Resolution 28, approved by delegates by a vote of 1,536 to 10, calls on the IAFF to no longer accept sponsorships from the chemical industry, textile manufacturers or PPE manufacturers that use toxic chemicals in PPE.
Resolution 31, approved by delegates by a vote of 1,472 to 4, calls on the IAFF to actively oppose the use of PFAS in turnout gear and to seek independent testing of PPE currently available to determine levels of PFAS and the ability of the chemicals to penetrate skin.
While it is known that PFAS is contained in turnout gear, and that these dangerous substances have been detected in blood, it remains unclear how it enters the human body. The IAFF is currently supporting three ongoing studies: exploring PFAS levels in dust in fire stations, PFAS levels in fire fighters’ blood, and the levels and nature of PFAS in various types of turnout gear.
Read the full IAAF News Article
As Professional Body, SAESI attend as far as possible all SAQA meetings and events in order to comply but also to learn and grow. Below are links to the International Seminar: Recognition of Prior Learning for Professional Qualifications and Professional Designations held on 21 June 2019.
PROGRAMME INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR RPL 21 JUNE 2019 (287kb)
PRESENTATION RPL POLICY AND PRACTICES – DR KB REDDY (984kb)
PRESENTATIN RPL PRACTICES STATUTORY PB – MR NICHOLAS MALEBANE (1.8MB)
PRESENTATION RPL PRACTICES NON-STATUTORY PB – MR ENRICO DU PLESSIS (875kb)
PRESENTATION VALIDATION OF PRIOR LEARNING IN FRANCE – DR BORHENE CHAKROUN (1.6MB)
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act requires the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to recognise professional bodies and register their professional designations on the NQF. This only happens if the professional body meets the SAQA Policy and Criteria for recognising professional bodies and registering professional designations.
Benefits of being a SAQA recognised professional body:
- Recognition as trusted professional bodies through an Act of Parliament
- Part of a national database of professional bodies that uphold high standards of competence and ethics
- Registration of professional designations on the most comprehensive national database of learner achievements
- Exposure to best practice through access to fora that improve professional bodies functions
SAQA recognises a professional body if it:
- Complies with, and adheres to, good corporate governance practices
- Protects the public interest in relation to services provided by its members
- Promotes professional development of its members to meet their relevant designation requirements
- Has a code of conduct for its members to adhere to
- Does not apply unfair exclusionary practices in terms of membership admission
VIEW THE LIST OF THE PROFESSIONAL BODIES RECOGNISED BY SAQA
Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property. Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless hours volunteered over many years, in others it is many selfless years working in the industry. In all cases it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.
International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.