How to Test Your Plastic Materials for Potential Hazards

As a global society, people are becoming more cognizant of not only what’s in their products, but in the containers that house them as well. 

At Colour Synthesis Solutions (CSS), a large portion of our work is focused on plastic materials and making sure they’re safe and functional, especially when they come in contact with food. 

In fact, our Technical Services Manager, Eric Andrews, created a detail-oriented educational series that covered EU regulations on plastic materials that included:

These comprehensive blog installments gave readers a rundown of the changes made to the plastics regulations and what that meant for their business. 

Now, as regulations and the circular economy shift their focus, they’re placing an emphasis on the additives in plastic materials. 

Because of this, companies like yours need to be aware of the potential hazards in your plastics beyond food contact materials. 

How do you test for hazards that you may or may not be aware of?

How can you account for known and unknown impurities of your product?

While it may feel overwhelming to add this layer of detection into your process, it doesn’t have to be. 

Our team at CSS can help.

Through our “Screening Approach” which is our testing product, we’re able to:

  1. Identify potential impurities by researching the route of synthesis
  2. Screen the additive/product on GC/MS and compare it to our National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) library to help identify impurities
  3. Conduct ICP/MS if metals are suspected

By carrying out these tests, we’re able to help companies narrow the scope and quantity of impurities to reduce the expense of testing. 

If your business works with raw materials, intermediates, and final parts, we encourage you to act now and test your products. 

Contact us today to learn more about our Screening Approach and how we can help your business test your plastics for impurities, additives, and more.