Session 6: Responses to PFAS/PFOA
With continued pressure to monitor and eliminate PFAS compounds from the Plating Industry, this presentation will outline a path forward for Plating on Plastic and Decorative Chrome applicators.
Advances in Surface Finishing Technology
Technology Responses to REACh/Regulations
This presentation will closely follow the case study of one facility’s conversion from PFAS containing wetting agents to non-PFAS equivalents, thereby eliminating all new additions of PFAS and moving forward with a smaller and more sustainable environmental footprint. The journey of conversion from PFAS containing wetting agents in both chromo-sulfuric etch and hexavalent decorative plating tanks can be complicated and winding due to deep rooted standard industry practices, as well as state and federal regulations. Outlined in this presentation is a clear and direct course of action that lead to this, and other, facilities eliminating PFAS from their wetting agent strategies.
This plating facility is a large decorative plating on plastic company that supplies the automotive market. In less than one year this company has successfully navigated the conversion process and are fully converted to non-PFAS wetting agents in both the etch and decorative chrome tanks while maintaining their high quality, workplace and environmental standards. This roadmap and case study will allow other plating facilities in every EPA region a fast track to a future with non-PFAS wetting agents.