Cinnaminson, NJ, February 12th, 2016
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), engineered nanoscale materials (nanomaterials) are materials that have been purposefully manufactured, synthesized or manipulated to have a size with at least one dimension in the range of approximately 1 to 100 nanometers and that exhibit unique properties determined by their size.
At this near-atomic size, materials begin to exhibit unique properties that affect physical, chemical and biological behavior. People working in industries that utilize nanomaterials have the potential to be exposed to these engineered materials through inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. NIOSH reports that occupational health risks associated with manufacturing and using nanomaterials are not yet clearly understood.
OSHA’s Fact Sheet about working safely with nanomaterials states, “As nanotechnology applications move from research laboratories to industrial and commercial settings, workers and employers should be aware of potential hazards posed by nanomaterials in their workplaces and employers should take appropriate measures to control worker exposure.”
“This ground-breaking technology promises scientific advancement in sectors ranging from medicine and consumer products to energy and manufacturing,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “At EMSL, we offer testing services for the characterization and analysis of a wide array of nanomaterials to further innovation and to identify potential employee exposure concerns. The laboratory is staffed with prominent scientists who have access to the most advanced instrumentation available. These include a JEOL Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), as well as multiple Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) capable of Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDXA) and digital imaging. Additional EMSL instrumentation includes, but is not limited to: Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), Auger Electron Spectroscope (AES) and a High Voltage (200kV) Transmission Electron Microscope, all equipped with state of the art Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analyzers.”
EMSL also recently sponsored an educational video about nanomaterials and occupational exposure concerns that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/1lGc5OeGdjA.
To learn more about EMSL’s nanoparticle testing services, please visit www.NanoTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.