Pollutants exist in many areas of our daily life, whether in the form of fine dust in the air or softener in plastics. Often they are released during the production, use, or disposal of materials, and in this way end up in the environment. In order to ensure the safety of people, the environment, and products, it is important to detect environmental pollutants and to identify their potential for causing damage. BAM is researching this topic in various projects concerning the detection of pollutants in the air, and the effect of pollutant emission by materials, with the aim of minimising safety risks.

Measuring pollutants from plastics

Plastics are part of our everyday life – from food packaging to mobile phones, from toys to clothing. However, the dangers of these substances are largely unknown. What we do know is that as a result of environmental factors, such as UV-radiation or rain, plastic products can emit pollutants, which then end up in the soil, water or air. In our focus topic of materials and environmental simulations, BAM is, therefore, examining plastics in respect of their emissions. To this end, we use accelerated testing processes to simulate various environmental influences so we can measure the materials' pollutant emission more quickly and efficiently.

Limits for low-emission laser printers

Laser printers are used in most offices and in many private homes. However, these devices can emit fine dust and other substances that are harmful and pollute indoor air. BAM's testing processes are contributing to the assessment of the safety of these products. The research conducted by BAM provides an important foundation for determining emission limits for pollutants, for example with regards to awarding seals of approval, such as the "Blue Angel".