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UPDATE: NIOSH graphene occupational exposures study

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

 

UPDATE NOTICE

 

NIOSH is continuing to seek U.S. graphene companies to participate in its exposure assessment study. We have just recently completed year one of our three-year exposure study at graphene producers and downstream users. The goal of the study is to visit 12-15 companies between now and September 2021 to conduct air sampling on workers handling graphene or graphene infused products.

 

Thus far, the NIOSH team has visited three companies and sampled 24 workers. All participating companies will receive a thorough industrial hygiene report that will detail potential exposure sources and recommendations for improved safety practices. 


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We hope you consider participating in this study. Below is an introductory letter showing basic information about the study. Please contact Seth McCormick at OSR5@cdc.gov with any questions or interest in participating.

 

 

- Originally Posted in March 2019 -

 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has a mission to develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health.

 

NIOSH is initiating a study, with the assistance of The Graphene Council, to assess occupational exposures to graphene and other Two-Dimensional nanomaterials in commercial and industrial applications within the United States.

 

Our findings will help inform interested parties on what a representative workplace exposure currently is for these materials and establish consensus air sampling methods that can be adopted by industry and used to improve workers’ short and long-term health outcomes.

 

NIOSH is inviting companies operating within the United States to participate in this research opportunity. Exposure sampling will occur over three to four sequential days at your convenience. Workers will wear personal air sampling pumps to assess exposures within their breathing zones. Multiple processes and locations will be assessed in this way to provide a facility-wide exposure assessment.

 

For participating, your company will receive a thorough industrial hygiene report. This includes exposure characterization for all employees and sampled processes as well as recommendations for controls and methods to reduce exposures specific to your company.

 

Matthew Dahm, PhD, MPH is an industrial hygienist and is the principle investigator of this study. Seth McCormick, MPH is an industrial hygienist who will be serving as the main point of contact for those interested in participating. Please review the attached introductory letter, factsheet, and short biographies at your convenience.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the study or participating, please contact Seth by phone or email at 513-841-4575 or SMcCormick@cdc.gov. We look forward to working with you to ensure the safest possible work environment for your employees.

 

Matthew M. Dahm, PhD, MPH                                                          Seth McCormick, MPH

Research Industrial Hygienist                                                             Research Industrial Hygienist

1090 Tusculum Ave, MS-R14                                                            1090 Tusculum Ave, MS-R14

Cincinnati, OH 45226                                                                         Cincinnati, OH 45226

 

Phone: 513-458-7136                                                                         Phone: 513-841-4575

Email: mdahm@cdc.gov                                                                    Email: SMcCormick@cdc.gov

 

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Tags:  Exposure  Graphene  Health and Safety  HSE  NIOSH 

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