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Health Canada bans graphene masks over concerns of nanomaterial release: NanoSafe supports companies developing a new generation of PPE → On April 2, 2021, Health Canada announced a ban on the sale of face masks containing graphene, over concerns of the potential for nanomaterials to release from the products. A call for more data was made in the announcement, including better measuring potential exposure to consumers. While nano-enabled features promise a new generation of PPE unlike any we’ve seen, including integrated sensors and active virus-killing , manufacturers face new testing challenges to ensure that the benefits of these materials outweigh potential risks.

NanoSafe, Inc. (located at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, VA) helps companies navigate the challenges of bringing nano-enabled innovations to market. With a combination of advanced testing and analytical capabilities and 40+ years of combined nano environmental health and safety expertise, NanoSafe is uniquely positioned to help organizations evaluate both the efficacy and safety of masks and other nano-enabled innovations.

Contact us at learn more about how NanoSafe can help your organization.

More About NanoSafe:

NanoSafe, Inc. specializes in testing for the release of nanomaterials from products as well as particle filtration performance, including:

  • Face masks
  • N95 respirators
  • Football helmet shields and visors
  • Referee whistle shields
  • Additive manufacturing 3D Printers and Filaments with nano- and micro-additives
  • Spray Cosmetics
  • Laboratory Safety Enclosures

NanoSafe’s world-leading testing capabilities including:

  • Aerosol measurements of nanomaterials (Scanning Particle Mobility Sizer, Optical Particle Counters, TSI Portacount, NaCl and SiO2 nanoaerosol generators)
  • Class 1000 clean room for all testing, eliminates background interference
  • The NanoSafe framework to help clients evaluate and mitigate risks
  • Quantification of exposure levels to airborne nanomaterials
  • Access to a network of nanotoxicologists, computational modeling, and materials science experts