NASF Government & Industry Affairs Update: Selected Developments
New Nickel and Cobalt Health Hazard Guidelines to Be Developed by ACGIH
The American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) intends to develop new Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs) for nickel and cobalt. The TLVs for nickel were last updated in 1998 and the most recent BEI review was in 2007. TLVs and BEIs are developed as guidelines to assist in the control of health hazards.
The TLV committee may move forward and develop new listings by the end of 2011 or 2012. These decisions, along with EPA's publication of a new nickel risk assessment and European Union action on nickel compounds, will inform future U.S. regulatory decisions.
In the meantime, the current OSHA guidelines for soluble nickel compounds (e.g., nickel chloride, nickel nitrate, nickel sulfate, nickel acetate and other compounds), can be viewed here.
NASF/AESF Foundation Research Project #121: Development of a Sustainability Metrics System and a Technical Solution Method for Sustainable Metal Finishing: 3rd Quarterly Report
This report covers the third quarter of project work (October-December 2020) on this project at Wayne State University in Detroit. The objective is to help metal finishing plants to conduct a self-managed sustainability assessment and identify technical solutions for sustainability performance improvement. The reader is invited to contact Dr. Huang in identifying plating shops willing to participate in this program.
Hard chromium replacements have been actively sought for decades. In this, the Final Report for the AESF Foundation’s first Research Project since the formation of the NASF, the authors present the results of their extensive research into novel plating processes.
Corrosion Resistance of High-Phosphorus Electroless Nickel with a Lower Coefficient of Friction, Nanoparticle Codeposition Electroless Nickel Layer
This paper is a peer-reviewed and edited version of a presentation delivered at NASF SUR/FIN 2013 in Rosemont, Ill., on June 11, 2013.