Graphene | Safety

Safety Sheet of Nanesa Nanometric products

Each company dealing with production, supply or employment of new materials, has to take into account every single risk connected to the health of its employers, clients and environment, as well as using all possible precautions and necessary measures to control those risks.

This involves on the part of the company the will of overcoming gaps of knowledge, so as to fully understand the risks connected to new materials, respect regulations, anticipate prescriptive modifications and (especially in case of missing regulations) give evidence of responsibility.

These concepts represent the cornerstones of the industrial philosophy of Nanesa, and are in particular linked to the production and marketing of graphene-based nanometric products.

From the point of view of safety and risk management, nanotechnologies represent a new challenge, since the properties of nanomaterials also depend on parameters, such as dimension and shape, in addition to more conventional properties, such as chemical structure and composition. At the moment there are several gaps on the subjects of hazard identification and characterization and evaluation of potential exposure for many types of nanomaterials in different kinds of applications.

Nanesa intends to respond to the uncertainty about the environmental, health and safety effects of nanomaterials, by constantly implementing its own risk management programme, by installing engineering controls tailored to processes or job tasks, by establishing good work practices and by using the best monitoring, measure and control technologies available for nanomaterials.

Nanesa is well-informed and aware of the potential risks associated to the production and manipulation of nanomaterials and according to that, it resorts to different methods, which include a protocol of industrial hygiene and a constant monitoring in order to regularly assess and characterize the workers’ exposure to each nanomaterial produced or processed. Moreover, in order to guarantee the highest possible protection, the employees have been equipped with an appropriate selected series of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Nanesa is firmly convinced that its own products are safe to be manipulated by using the PPE available on the market. Inhalation is the most common exposure route when handling powders. According to the information and guidelines provided by the US NIOSH, filters HEPA or N100 offer an efficient protection against exposure to airborne nanomaterials. The data reported by NIOSH show that it is unlikely for nanomaterials to exist as primary particles hovered in the air. Airborne nanoparticles quickly form agglomerates of several microns, which can thus be handled by means of the protection devices available on the market.

Distinctive International Organisms are now arranging specific regulations and undertaking activities in order to investigate in detail workers’ risks deriving from nanotechnologies. In some cases accurate measures have been taken to make sure that safety in this field is in compliance with current regulations. These Organisms include:

- European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

- European Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSH)

- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

- Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Japan