|RFx ID :||21740431|
|Tender Name :||Cleansing Wipes for Post-Fire Decontamination|
|Reference # :||NP2513|
|Open Date :||Tuesday, 8 October 2019 9:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Close Date :||Wednesday, 30 October 2019 5:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Department/Business Unit :||Fire and Emergency New Zealand|
|Tender Type :||Request for Information (Market research) (RFI)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
|Alternate Physical Delivery Address :||n/a|
|Alternate Physical Fax Number :||n/a|
Firefighters are exposed to toxic by-products of combustion contained in soot and smoke. Fires involving vehicles and structures are particularly toxic and contain numerous carcinogenic chemicals and heavy metals which can penetrate the outer layer of PPE and deposit on the skin.
The main chemicals of concern are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and brominated flame retardants (e.g. PBDE). These chemicals tend to be lipophilic (fat-soluable) and can be absorbed through the skin and into the body where they may be able to exert negative health effects. Research has shown that the use of cleansing wipes upon exiting a fire can reduce the levels of carcinogen deposits on the skin by 50% on average .
Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) is seeking information on the supply of cleansing wipes for post-fire decontamination of skin.