Chemical Insights Delivers Critical Pollutant Exposure Information You Can Trust

Research focuses on pollutant exposures and impact on human health

ATLANTA--()--Chemical Insights, an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, has officially launched to deliver the scientific insight that policymakers, healthcare providers, business leaders and consumers can depend on to make informed environmental health decisions.

Led by Dr. Marilyn Black, vice president and senior technical advisor for Underwriters Laboratories, Chemical Insights with its human exposure laboratory, expert technical staff and key University partners is addressing some of the most critical, challenging, and diverse scientific research initiatives on pollutant exposures.

To ensure Chemical Insights initiatives deliver the highest value results, the organization follows a straightforward, comprehensive – and effective – development process. After working with stakeholders to define the public health risks associated with an evolving technology, Chemical Insights conducts independent research and analysis on the health and well-being impact. Key discoveries are then shared with stakeholders and the general public. Ultimately, Chemical Insights’ research supports the development of standards and best practices for the safer commercialization of evolving technology.

Chemical Insights’ current research initiatives include:

  • 3D Printing: Evaluating current and future additive manufacturing techniques and the effects of their pollutant releases on human health;
  • Flame Retardants and Furniture Flammability: Assessing flame retardant exposure levels, routes of exposure, and flammability characteristics of residential furniture constructed with different materials and flame retardants;
  • Global Air Pollution: Identifying chemical and particle sources of pollution in different countries and measuring human exposure routes to advance solutions for improving health outcomes;
  • Chemical Exposure: Determining the sources and influence of indoor and outdoor pollutant exposure from consumer products on acute and chronic health impacts; and
  • E-Cigarette and Vaping: Measuring chemical exposure and human toxicity using a range of generation models, E- liquids, and specialized exposure chambers.

“Our research in identifying the potential dangers of 3D printing emissions, flame retardant exposure from upholstered furniture and the impact of global air pollutant exposure on children’s health has resulted in a reputation we’re proud to own. And one we intend to build on with confidence,” said Dr. Black.

With the backing of Underwriters Laboratories and a legacy of trusted science, Chemical Insights conducts its scientific research on pollutant exposure safety both independently and in collaboration with leading research universities and experts. To access this research, visit

“Unlike other research institutes, we don’t view our research findings as the end goal,” said Dr. Black. “Our mission, and our passion, is to produce the knowledge and dialogue that creates real change – improving the environment and, most importantly, human health.”

To learn more about Chemical Insights and access information on current research initiatives, visit

About Chemical Insights

As an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, we deliver the scientific insight policymakers, healthcare providers, business leaders and consumers depend on to make informed environmental health decisions. Combining the best minds, rigorous scientific research and a commitment for thorough and accurate results, Chemical Insights is improving the health of people and the planet.

Our work lets people around the world know what chemicals are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the products we interact with every day. Our research and initiatives gives them the knowledge of exactly what those chemicals are, how they may affect human health, and how to manage their impact. Our leadership role is to provide science or knowledge to implement improved practices, alternative product design, and changes that enable safer products and healthier environments.

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About Underwriters Laboratories

Underwriters Laboratories is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the UL public safety mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being. To learn more, visit


Catherine Mootz
Arketi Group for Chemical Insights
O: 404.929.0091 ext. 211
M: 702.622.2385


Catherine Mootz
Arketi Group for Chemical Insights
O: 404.929.0091 ext. 211
M: 702.622.2385