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AssuredNano®, the premier Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Accreditation Scheme for organisations involved with nanotechnology has announced that Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., a world leader in single wall carbon nanotube manufacture, has become the first organisation accredited to its Nanomaterials SHE Scheme. Following lengthy and exhaustive beta testing of the Scheme, which covers manufacturing procedures, risk evaluation, handling, transportation and training, Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. underwent rigorous auditing by expert consultants to become accredited. Accreditation is followed up by subsequent annual independent audits.
"Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. has put considerable effort into our associated SHE systems to ensure best practice is followed." said managing director Harry Swan. "Gaining accreditation to AsssuredNano® gives us and our customers the reassurance that an independent party thinks we are operating responsibly and to best practice as well."
"We are very proud that Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. was selected to participate in the beta test to commission the AsssuredNano® Accreditation Scheme and to have become the first organisation to achieve independent certification." said Harry.
Dr. Keith Robson, SEO of AssuredNano Limited, commented: "AssuredNano® is the only nano-material SHE Accreditation Scheme which covers all facets of a business' operations and is annually audited for compliance. We are absolutely delighted that Thomas Swan and Co. Ltd. chose our Scheme as a way of demonstrating to its stakeholders its comprehensive commitment to nanomaterial responsible care."
AssuredNano® exists to overcome obstacles to nanomaterial commercialisation resulting from SHE concerns. It affords a way for responsible manufacturers to comprehensively address nanomaterial SHE concerns, demonstrating to all stakeholders that SHE issues are being taken seriously and tackled responsibly and most, importantly, assuring the health and safety of people exposed to nanomaterials or nano-enabled products.
Implementation is typically scheduled over a six to nine month time span, with four days consultancy support being made available. AssuredNano® then takes the organization through a trial audit to ensure readiness before undertaking the Accreditation Audit proper. In most cases the entire process from kick off to accreditation takes twelve months.
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AssuredNano® is a comprehensive SHE Accreditation Scheme specifically designed for organizations working with nanomaterials, nano-enabled products and nanotechnology. The scheme covers the full product life cycle with relevance from fundamental research through to manufacturing or recycling operations. By demonstrating a commitment to identifying and disseminating current ‘good practice’ the AssuredNano® scheme ensures relevance to all organizations. The use of a modular approach together with appropriate procedural and auditing techniques allows continuing conformance.
AssuredNano Limited is registered in England (No. 640766). Its registered office is at The Centre for Process Innovation, Wilton Centre, Wilton, Redcar TS10 4RF. AssuredNano is a member of the CPI Group of companies.
About The Centre for Process Innovation:
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre offering market and technology expertise along with cutting-edge development assets to help its public and private sector clients build and prototype the next generation of products, processes and services quickly and efficiently, and with minimal risk.
CPI has designed and established national technology centres in Printable Electronics and Industrial Biotechnology. The centres are equipped with development laboratories, prototyping facilities and pilot plants that enable clients to prove and scale up processes from the laboratory stage through to commercial reality. CPI is the only open access centre of its kind in the UK with such an extensive combination of equipment and specialist knowledge serving the process industries.
About Thomas Swan & Co Ltd.:
Thomas Swan is a world leader in single wall carbon nanotube manufacture. It began production of high purity single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes in Consett, UK, on its original pilot plant in 2004, following four years of development with the University of Cambridge. Since then, the business has gained valuable commercial and technical experience through close collaboration with key customers and the University of Oxford.
The company commercialised the business under its Elicarb® brand and became the first in the USA to receive a Consent Order from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for small scale production in 2008. It remains the only manufacturer to have issued a Notice of Commencement in the USA for commercial scale production.
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