New Documents Shed Light on Nanomaterials & Exposure Risks
EMSL Analytical publishes new website, NanoTestingLab.com, to share information on nanoparticles and nano testing services.
Cinnaminson, NJ, December 16, 2013
Nanoparticles and nanotechnology have emerged as a rapidly growing component of modern industry and medical research. Nanomaterials come in a wide variety of compositions and shapes which make them useful in everything from consumer and medical products to energy production and aerospace.
Nanoparticles are purposely designed to be extremely small, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter, and are generally defined as measuring between 1 and 100 nanometers. These materials can have biological, chemical and physical properties that differ from those of their larger counterparts. Producing and using nanoparticles can expose people to potential health hazards due to their unique properties which are still not completely understood.
This fall, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health published a report entitled, Evaluation of the health effects of carbon nanotubes. It states, “Recent studies have suggested that some types of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have similar effects as asbestos.” Just last month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published, Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes. It identifies and describes strategies for the engineering control of worker exposure during the production or use of engineered nanomaterials.
“The potential for long-term health risks associated with nanoparticles are not well understood at this time,” said Ed Cahill, Vice President, Asbestos Division at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Some studies have suggested that excessive exposure to nanoparticles could cause lung damage, cell toxicity, DNA damage and possibly even harm unborn children. To provide information and access to testing services for these emerging materials, EMSL recently launched NanoTestingLab.com. The website provides a wealth of information and analytical solutions for companies, agencies and people with nanoparticle testing needs.”
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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