Source: UK Health and Safety Commission – Publication date: 2004
This review focuses on processes for the deliberate development and manufacture of nanoparticle products. It concludes that there is little evidence to suggest that the exposure of workers arising from the production of nanoparticles has been adequately assessed.
Source: Danish EPS – Publication date: December 2011
In this project funded by the Danish EPA the Technical University of Denmark and National Research Centre for the Working Environment has initiated the development of a screening tool called NanoRiskCat (NRC) for the evaluation of exposure and hazard of nanomaterials contained in products for professional and private use. The aim was to identify, categorize and rank the possible exposure and hazards associated with a nanomaterial in a product. NanoRiskCat is using a stepwise approach based on existing data on the conventional form of the chemical as well as the data that may exist on the nanoform.
Source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – Publication date: October 2004
Nanotechnology seems to offer much the same promise--and danger--as biotechnology seemed to have in its early days. And it has attracted many of the same friends and foes. An article in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Swiss Re has dedicated teams of experts which track new or emerging risks, and nanotechnology is one of those topics currently in focus. After all, it is is vital for the insurance industry to know what losses a new technology can give rise to and what the extent and the frequency of such losses will be. With these basics more or less established, the insurer can better assess the future loss burden, calculate a premium commensurate with the risk and grant adequate insurance cover.
Source: National Resources Defense Council – Publication date: May 2007
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has created a three-part framework for regulating nanomaterials, based on already established precautionary approaches to managing toxic chemicals that are broadly agreed upon by environmental and worker protection groups.
Source: Umweltbundesamt (German Federal Environment Agency) – Publication date: August 2006
Initiated and coordinated by BAuA (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), UBA (Federal Environment Agency), BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) and BAuA have developed a joint research strategy, that addresses especially health and environmental risks of engineered nanoparticles.
Source: Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution – Publication date: November 2008
The report was prompted by concerns about potential releases to the environment from industrial applications of metals and minerals that have not previously been widely used. As the majority of the evidence the Commission received was almost entirely focussed on manufactured nanomaterials, the Commission decided to focus on this sector, as an exemplar. The report examines issues related to innovation in the materials sector and the challenges and benefits arising from the introduction of novel materials (specifically nanomaterials).