Elongate Mineral Particles: Integrating Terminology and CharacterizationBoard on Earth Sciences and Resources
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001
Asbestos fibers are included in a class of particles referred to as "elongate mineral particles" (EMPs) which encompass a broad group of respirable mineral particles of certain aspect ratios. Advancing research and communication about EMPs is challenging for a number of reasons including the continued use of inconsistent nomenclature and inadequate characterization of EMPs. The regulatory, legal, and industrial nomenclature for EMPs is not fully synchronized across these sectors or within the research community. To begin addressing some of the challenges to advancing research on EMPs, NIOSH is sponsoring a workshop organized by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that will discuss EMP nomenclature and characterization challenges and will explore potential solutions to those issues. The workshop will examine these issues in relation to mineral samples from bulk, soil, air, water and biological media:
- What information about EMPs can be obtained? What are the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches?
- What terms should be used when describing the characterization of EMP-containing samples and their EMP contents?
Featuring presentations and panel discussions, this workshop will bring together experts in mineralogy and petrology, environmental geochemistry, pathology, and environmental and occupational health. This meeting is open to the public and aims to have a variety of perspectives represented. Register today!