Experts from industry and research institutions have compiled 60 pages with the current status of safety research and give an overview on national and European projects on safety research of various nanomaterials for humans and the environment. The researchers point out that the size label "nano" does not represent an intrinsic hazard characteristic; instead, the impact of nanomaterials depends on other factors as well, such as the nature of the material. However, newly developed nanomaterials have to be submitted to a risk assessment just like any other new product. The researchers call for an adequate infrastructure in toxicology research and education in order to enable a continuous safety research based on high quality and international research standards.
Source: National Research Council – Publication date: January 2012
Despite extensive investment in nanotechnology and increasing commercialization over the last decade, insufficient understanding remains about the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials. Without a coordinated research plan to help guide efforts to manage and avoid potential risks, the future of safe and sustainable nanotechnology is uncertain, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report presents a strategic approach for developing research and a scientific infrastructure needed to address potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials.
Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – Publication date: July 2006
This document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity and control, but it is only a starting point. The document serves as a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnology develops.
This document reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emissions and exposure assessment, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment. This updated version of the document incorporates some of the latest results of NIOSH research, but it is only a starting point. The document serves a dual purpose: it is a summary of NIOSH's current thinking and interim recommendations; and it is a request from NIOSH to occupational safety and health practitioners, researchers, product innovators and manufacturers, employers, workers, interest group members, and the general public to exchange information that will ensure that no worker suffers material impairment of safety or health as nanotechnology develops.
Source: Swedish Work Environment Authority – Publication date: November 2011
This summary overview of current knowledge is a compilation of literature in the field of carbon nanotubes and deals with occupational exposure, toxicology and protective measures used in the work environment.
Source: UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – Publication date: November 2005
This report published by the UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) outlines the UK's research objectives to characterise the potential risks posed by engineered free nanoparticles and funding mechanisms to address these.
Source: UK Government – Publication date: December 2007
The Government has now published it's second research report Characterising the Potential Risks posed by Engineered Nanoparticles. This report builds on the 2005 report and 2006 progress report, providing an update on the Defra's Nanotechnology Research Co-ordination Groupâ€™s objectives and associated programme of work.
Source: NanoSafetyCluster – Publication date: February 2012
This is the third edition of the Nanosafety Cluster compendium. It documents the status of important projects on nanomaterial toxicity and exposure monitoring, integrated risk management, research infrastructure and coordination and support activities.
Source: CRO Forum – Publication date: November 2010
The insurance and risk management industries have an opportunity to collaborate with other nanotechnology
stakeholders to close knowledge gaps as quickly as possible in four key areas: 1) Nanotechnology risk and safety analysis standards; 2) Environmental, health and safety (EHS) hazards research; 3) Regulatory alignment; 4) Proprietary risk assessment. This paper explores these key areas and the opportunity for collaboration with other stakeholders to pursue the safe and efficient commercial use of nanotechnology.
The EMERGNANO project, conducted under the umbrella of the SAFENANO initiative, identified more than 670 projects from around the world, and after careful selection assessed more than 260 unique, relevant projects completed, close to completion or in progress since 2004. The final report provides a comprehensive listing of projects, alongside detailed evaluation of their outputs.