Exposure to Nanomaterials during the Life Cycle

The ECSIN laboratory assesses the level of exposure to nanomaterials for man and the environment, from products and processes, and in employment.

The production and safe and responsible use of nanomaterials requires the assessment of potential exposure scenarios for humans and the environment.

Through an analysis of the product life cycle, from production to use according to the specific needs of the company, we identify the critical phases in which the exposure is expected, and we quantify the exposure through direct measurements and the use of mathematical models. Chemical-physical analysis on collected samples and on the material as it helps to identify the nature of nanomaterials, and to trace the actual toxicological profile of the collected particulate.

ECAMRICERT-ECSIN is able to monitor occupational exposure to nanomaterials in the workplace, as well as to treat complex matrices in a controlled environment, thanks to the presence in the laboratory of a clean class ISO 7 and an inert atmosphere glove-box, using standard methods defined by OECD, EFSA, or by following alternative protocols in line with the state of the art for nanomaterials.

  • Product development
  • Occupational safety
  • Environmental and consumer protection
  • Management Systems
  • Agribusiness
  • Materials in contact with food
  • Packaging
  • Medical devices
  • pharmaceutical
  • Cosmetics
  • Textile
  • Building
  • Materials
  • Chemical products
  • Regulatory analysis of information requests in the various sectors covered by specific laws
  • Measurement in particulate air in the occupational field
  • Release of nanomaterials under simulated conditions (eg aging, indoor / outdoor exposure)
  • Stability, dissolution and solubility with standard OECD methods and alternative protocols
  • Exposure models
  • Chemical-physical characterization of nanomaterials at different life cycle stages and in simulating conditions (spICP-MS / AF4, TEM, DLS, BET, zeta potential)
OccupationalMonitoring with CPC under controlled environmental conditions and in situ Physico-chemical characterization (TEM, spICP-MS, A4F, BET) Precautionary Matrix for Synthetic Nanomaterials Stoffenmanager ISO / TS 12901-2
EnvironmentPresence in environmental matrices (spICP-MS, A4F) Chemical-physical characterization (ICP-MS, A4F, BET, TEM) Simulated release in different environmental conditions
ConsumersRelease in simulants, from packaging and materials in contact with food. Release from consumer products in different conditions. Presence in consumer products and complex matrices (A4F, spICP-MS, TEM) Internal exposure: absorption of substances through biological barriers (e.g. skin, intestine)


Federico Benetti: f.benetti@ecamricert.com