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Posted: January 26, 2007
Approaches to safe nanotechnology: information exchange with NIOSH
(Nanowerk News) The U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is encouraging the scientific community to come together to advance the understanding of nanotechnology and its implications and applications in the workplace. NIOSH invites scientists to participate in this process and encourages to provide feedback, comments, or suggestions.
NIOSH developed the document "Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology" in October 2005. Now NIOSH provides a 2006 update. This is intended to be an Information Exchange with NIOSH to raise potential safety and health concerns from exposure to nanomaterials. The document also addresses current and future research needs essential to understanding the potential risks that nanotechnology may have to workers.
NIOSH released the new document "Approaches to safe nanotechnology: information exchange with NIOSH" for download on its website. It 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. Opportunities to provide feedback and infor-mation are available throughout this document.